Hey Gang! How bout the Rangers gagging on the #1 Seed like a Porn Star! Way to go guys!
Broadway Blue = Bethpage Black! FORE!
Congats to Kirill Kabanov on winning the Memorial Cup with the Shawnigan Cataractes!
People in the stands were seen wiping away tears of joy and they weren't the only ones caught up in the moment. Zlobin's Russian counterpart Kirill Kabanov, who notched two assists, was so emotional he practically cried his way through the first wave of on-ice interviews before skating around with his iPad to record the celebration.
Shawinigan Cataractes players Mitchell Maynard (L) and Kirill Kabanov (R) celebrate with their trophy after defeating …
"I said I wasn't going to cry," said Kabanov, a New York Islanders' draft pick, through the tears. "It's the most beautiful feeling I've ever had. The emotions took over me. It's the best day of my life for sure.
"This city will go crazy. What about me? I go crazy, too. It's the most beautiful day of my life."
Just hope he doesn't do anything stupid. Great learning experience for Kirill, next stop Bridgeport!
Draft Time is fastly approaching..........here's the Isles Picks:
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 - 34th overall
Round 2 - 50th overall
Round 3 - 65th overall
Round 4 - 103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 - 125th overall
Round 6 - 155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall
Pair of second rounders is key for moving around in the draft.
The Islanders selected Persson in the fifth round, 125th overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 200 career games with Red Deer, he totaled 63 goals and 67 assusts for 130 points with a plus-13 rating. Persson added five points (two goals, three assists) in 11 career WHL playoff games.
Another Garth Late Rd Gem? TBD!
The New York Islanders received some great goaltending from Evgeni Nabokov last season, but the team suffered from many defensive lapses that prevented them from legitimately competing in the Eastern Conference. A team can only go so far with a patchwork defense in place and the Isles were a testament to that during the 2011-2012 regular season. Players such as Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic showed that they have a bright future in store and both defensemen will figure into the Isles’ plans going forward. However, the aforementioned pair of d-men can only do so much for their team and could definitely use some help.
Selecting a defenseman in this year’s draft might not have an immediate impact, but it would help the franchise in the long-run. Players such as Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness, and Matt Donovan are close to being ready for NHL duties, but a d-man such as Murray or Dumba would be an extremely valuable asset to have in the farm system. Once Mark Streit’s time in Long Island is done, a new face might be able to step up and fill the skates of the veteran defenseman and Islanders captain. Ryan Murray and Mathew Dumba are two options that could possibly fill that void and provide the Islanders with a solid two-way approach that they have been missing the last few seasons.
All in all, Garth Snow will have some tough decisions to make in the next month. While the Islanders have been lacking a solid defensive presence, there is no telling what Garth Snow will do with the fourth overall pick, especially if he is presented with an offer than can improve the Isles for the 2012-2013 NHL season.