"You realize in this league that things can turn around pretty quick. You get some young prospects, draft picks and free agents and at the end of the next year, you could be a whole different team."
The road to the No. 1 spot in the lottery will be determined to a large extent by how the Islanders fare over the next six straight road games, starting tonight against Toronto. Of the Islanders' final 16 games, 10 are on the road, and they are, by far, the NHL's worst road team with a 6-23-2 record. The Lightning has 9 of 16 remaining on the road, where they are 10-18-4, and Atlanta has eight of 16 left on the road, where the Thrashers have a 12-17-4 mark.
John Tavares potted a hat trick Sunday to become the OHL's all-time leading goal scorer.