With the signing of 2012 sixth round pick Jesse Graham, the Islanders have all but loaded up their entire organization with players from the previous drafts. I know many fans want that illustrious top winger and defenseman added to the club, but like I have stated before, where are you putting them? There’s simply no room with the big club unless you’re sending Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to start the season.
With Graham’s signing, the same can be said for the defenseman. If the Isles do sign a Dan Boyle beginning July 1st, where do the others go? Every defenseman is on a one-way contract save for Matt Donovan and Calvin de Haan. Calvin will more than likely receive a one-way contract, but to be honest, I’m not sure about Donovan. I know the Isles may send a couple of defenseman to their ECHL affiliate the Stockton Thunder to begin the season, but in all likelihood, it gets a little cramped in Bridgeport as well.
But this is a good problem if you’re an Islanders fan. Again, I’ve said this before: I have not seen this much young, talented prospects EVER at one time for this organization. With the talent pool ready to brim over and with the 5th overall pick in this years draft, the time is right for Garth to make a move or two that could bring in the necessary players to get the Islanders back into playoff talk and when I mean talk, I mean beyond the first round.The Peter Regin/Pierre Marc Bouchard for Jaroslav Halak trade has already paid dividends. The Isles now have their starting goalie for the next four years. Finding a 1a or backup should not be too hard and the Isles could trade for that if Evgeny Nabokov is no longer in their plans.
I’m not going to get into the arm chair GM for this piece. To be honest, it’s still too soon. I can tell you that, most likely, the following players won’t be traded on draft weekend: Eric Boulton, Calvin de Haan, Anders Lee, Matt Martin and Ryan Strome. Why? Because they’ll be at the Islanders Draft Party. It’s also a good bet that Tavares, Hamonic, Nelson, Okposo, Reinhart, Pulock, Clutterbuck won’t be dealt as well. The rest I will leave for you guys. Just ask yourselves this: would any of the non mentioned players and the 5th overall pick get you a top left wing for John Tavares or that top 4 defenseman? Could the Isles trade down in a package and get an impact player to help the Isles now and still pick in the top 10? It’s a good problem for Snow to have. He’s set himself up to make some serious noise come draft day. Thoughts?