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Report: Isles likely to give 2015 first-rounder to Sabres

Apr 18, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

Not official yet, but it sounds as though the New York Islanders are going to keep the fifth overall pick at this year’s draft and send their 2015 first-rounder — a potential lottery ticket to the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes — to Buffalo as compensation for the Thomas Vanek trade.

Here’s Newsday’s Arthur Staple:

Indications are that the Islanders will hold onto this year’s pick to either select one of the five top prospects who are fairly equally rated, or trade the pick to acquire a more NHL-ready player.

And here’s SNY.tv, passing along a report from a Thursday night fan forum GM Garth Snow attended on Long Island:

Snow, Doug Weight and other Islanders were at Westbury Manor to meet with fans. According to Rob Del Muro, a producer for News 12 who was in attendance, Snow wouldn’t fully commit to retaining the 2014 pick but it seemed like it was a very likely scenario.

The Isles have until June 1 to notify the Sabres whether they’ll surrender this year’s pick, or defer to next year.

  1. dolphincult - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    how does Garth Snow keep his job? Does he have dirty Wang pics or what?

    • thebluengold - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      Why does Wang want to sell the Islanders? Cause he got Snowed!!

  2. westinpat - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Win win for the Sabres.

  3. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I fully expect the Islanders to have a lottery pick again next year.

    The Islanders may have just given up a chance of having Connor McDavid centre John Tavares.

    • elvispocomo - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      I’d think they wouldn’t mind Dal Colle on his wing either, or as the article states, more immediate help. If they can get reliable goaltending they aren’t far off of a playoff team at all.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Yes, that makes perfect sense. Move the 2nd overall in league scoring at the start of the Olympics and a centre on team canada over to wing for a rookie. What tool do you require to remove your head from …

  4. canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Footage of how Garth Snow made the decision about which first round pick to concede to the Sabres:

    http://25stanley.com/nhl-party-garth-snow-des-islanders-fait-des-bons-echanges-de-blondes.html

    • bcisleman - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Entertaining having a Vancouver fan dissing Garth. Gillis may have even been worse than Milbury and that’s saying a lot.

      • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        I was never a big Gillis fan but he presided over a 6 year stretch where the Canucks made the playoffs 5 times, won 2 Presidents’ Trophies, won 5 playoff rounds, and advanced to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

        The Canucks have been declining since January 2012 but Mike Gillis is no Mike Milbury.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        bcilseman, I know you’re smarter than that. Gillis at least was able to add very good pieces to a strong core and get them to within one win of the Stanley Cup. Milbury, and Snow, have done very little for the Islanders to be proud of.

  5. greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    As I said the other day, I think this is absolutely the right move by the Islanders. I can’t see how they will be much better (if any at all next season). They are going to be a bottom 3 (or worse) team next season as well. For all of you who think it would be easy for the Islanders to sign free agents, your sadly mistaken. In order for the Islanders to sign any free agents, they would have to massively over pay for someone. Given Wang’s history, do you really think that would happen? Secondly, if Wang is going to sell the team, the team won’t be able to spend money to get free agents until new ownership is in place. Look at the Panthers last summer, they couldn’t even make an offer to the face of their franchise Stephen Weiss last summer because of a looming ownership change. All the free agents they did sign, were in September after the new ownership was finalized. It’s gonna be a long year for Islander fans.

  6. bcisleman - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Dismissing all the hater comments above. Isles play close to the vest. Snow told you all he needed to when he negotiated the top ten pick clause in the first place. Of course they are keeping the pick!

    No reason to imagine Isles will be back in top ten pick in 2015. If Isles trade for Reimer and he and Nabby maintain a .914 sv% ( his average and Nabby’s Islander best) based upon their average of 30 SOG against per game AND the Isles have a modest boost in production (fair to assume if JT is healthy and young Fs mature), Isles would have goal differential similar to the Lightning this year. Add in likelihood of talent like Reinhart and Pulock being added to the blueline and possibility of adding a top player by trading the pick and Isles should be back in the playoffs in 2015. If they miss, it will surely be with a 12, 13 or 14 pick with odds of winning so small as not to be worth talking about.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Delusional at it’s finest

    • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      If you were born the last time the Islanders won a playoff round, you would now be a Junior in college having never seen the Islanders won so much as a single playoff series.

      Then again, they did win 4 Stanley Cups in 5 tries in the 1980′s so much like the Oilers decade of futility, I could care less.

    • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Also, the Metropolitan Divison says Hi.

    • duster1982 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      You seriously think Reinhart is gonna be there when they pick at 5? No

      • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I believe he was referring to Griffin Reinhart. The 2nd of the 3 hockey playing Reinhart brothers.

      • chrisr9040 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        I think he means Dman Griffin Reinhart, 4th overall in 2012

      • duster1982 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Fair enough. Was a little confusing. Thanks

  7. chrisr9040 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    With the first pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select from the Erie Otters, Center Connor McDavid. And with the second pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Buffalo Sabres select Center Jack Eichel!

    Thank you Garth!

    • canucks30 - Apr 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Add Sam Bennett at LW and move Eichel to RW and you have a trio that would make the French Connection Line envious.

  8. chrisr9040 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Toss in a D core featuring 4 1st rounders in Ristolainen, Zadarov, Myers, Pysyk, and Garth Snow really knows how to jump start a rebuild……for another team

  9. djshnooks - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I’d poop my knickers if the Sabres end up with Bennett, Eichel and McDavid.

    I’ll take 2 of the three. I’d be fine with even just Bennett and Eichel.

    This would be good for the league. Buffalo deserves a nasty team. Our tv ratings and attendance are always tops in the league.

  10. carltonthurman - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    With a better G, the Isles shd be a playoff team next yr. Their D will be much better.

    But they are now short on top 6 fwds, with Tavares, Okposo, Nielsen, Grabner – the other 2 slots cant obviously be filled by Strome-Nelson-Lee-Bailey, etc.

    And so by taking the 2014 pick, Snow has to commit to compete in 2014-15 – and that means adding one strong F and a G in the off-season, thru either trade or free agency

  11. carltonthurman - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Snow has done ok – obviously Vanek was a costly fiasco – but he’s operating on a tighter budget than any other GM, and he’s done well over the years, dumpster diving for players like Grabner, Moulson, Strait, Hickey, and drafting pretty well too. (Bridgeport effectively won 8 of the last 10 Isles games.)

    My big criticism is that so many top goalies moved in the past 2 seasons – the Isles needed one, had the means to get one, and yet they failed. Nabby is just fine for a middle-of-the-pack team, but for a playoff team, he isnt gonna win any games for you.

  12. richc111 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    It is easy to know what the NYI do is right or not. Take whatever Snow wants to do and that is the wrong thing.

  13. zinger99 - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Winner- Sabres Loser-McDavid

  14. lordfletcher - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    I only can laugh at oilers brass watching the sabres two years into their rebuild and after next year may have a prospect pool that trumps Chicago and Pittsburghs from years past.

    The sabres are guaranteed a top 2 pick next year with their pick and nyi is forsure going to be top ten and all signs point to top 5

    Buffalo may have an incredibly young, deep, ELITE team by 2016

  15. thebluengold - Apr 19, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    The Isles really aren’t that far away from being a decent team. But as we saw this year, one dumb move can be devastating. The Sabres did it when then let Drury and Briere walk, and the NYI did it with the Vanek Moulson trade. I don’t really understand how any competent GM could make that trade…swap 30+ goal scoring wingers on expiring contracts AND throw in a first round pick! As a Sabres fan, I’ll take that trade 100 times out of 100!! I believe the Isles are going to be handing us a very high pick in 2015 for the simple fact that Garth is still the decision maker. With so much disruption surrounding the team (the imminent move to Brooklyn, the team up for sale, the lack of goaltending, Garth Snow, etc.) I think the Islanders will be gift wrapping the Sabres a ticket to a future Stanley Cup! So on behalf of Sabres fans everywhere, I’d like to thank Mr. Snow for the help in rebuilding our team!! BTW any chance we could trade you Ville Leino for JT??!

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