No matter who the Islanders select, their present and future will be defined by the Tavares Era.
"The defenseman from Sweden asked about the women of New York."
As we enter the calendar month of the NHL 2009 Entry Draft, John Tavares still ranks #1, while it's wide open who the Islanders will chase with their second pick in the first round.
According to one league executive, the New York Islanders believe in Hedman and plan on selecting the dynamic player with the No. 1 pick at the June 26 draft in Montreal.
"The Islanders people have barely come out of their conference room for air. They’re meeting with virtually every kid with even the slightest chance of going in the first two rounds. They went from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm yesterday and if they took lunch, I didn’t see them. I’ve never seen a team request to meet with so many prospects."
"I'll share my observations with Garth Snow," Gordon said. "But at the end of the day, our scouts and Garth have seen them the most, and it's the little things you see that make the complete package. I'm sure Modo isn't going to send tapes of any of Hedman's bad games.
Taking these anonymous quotes from THN's Draft Preview, which top-3 prospect would you pick for the Islanders?