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Islanders News: Prospect review, free agent look, draft flashback, jersey auction

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I woke up sucking a lemon.

Class of '09 represent!
Class of '09 represent!
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It's about to be that season, so...DRAFT!

  • Here are the Islanders picks as of now. What would you say they should do with them? [LHH]
  • What the Isles' 2009 draft lacked in pick volume it made up for in high-impact players. [THW]
  • Speaking of which, having reviewed the current roster, the bench, and the front office, here's Arthur Staple's look at the state of the prospects. [Newsday]
  • Replace Kyle Okposo with...David Perron? [TSS]
  • Speaking of long termers stepping away...Howie Rose will be missed. [CBS NY]
  • And a look at the pending free agents further down the system. [SNY]
  • More copy and video from Angela Ruggiero leading Girls Hockey Day with the Isles. [Isles]
  • Finally, you can bid on game-worn black/alternate Isles jerseys from this season. [NHL auctions]

Elsewhere

  • Sharks won last night to take a 3-2 series lead and have a chance to clinch a berth in the final at home for Game 6. Here's a periodic reminder that Joe Pavelski, the star of the Western Conference final so far, was a seventh-round pick. [Yahoo]
  • And a reminder that Joe Thornton is one chill, cool and talented dude. [ESPN]
  • The Blues try to process why they've lost so many at home, and what they can do if t
  • Hot takes! HOT TAKES! So many about Sidney Crosby, you've got to rank them to understand the sheer tigers-eating-their-young and Messier-level leadership mythology. [Puck Daddy]
  • Nikita Kucherov is a lethal sniper, and a damned young one at that. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Some cool gameday stuff behind the scenes for Lightning staff/management. [TB Times]
  • Follow the controlled zone entry, and ye shall find the playoffs. [SCOC]
  • Seth Jones isn't looking for a bridge deal, and the Blue Jackets aren't looking for more cap problems. [Dispatch]
  • The Wild are looking for new assistants for Bruce Boudreau. [Star-Tribune]
  • The U.S. fourth-place finish was impressive, given their challenges recruiting top players to go to the tournament. [USA Today]
  • The Panthers acquisition of AHL Springfield is official. [Panthers]
  • Meanwhile, Florida's front-office shakeup continues with the firing of longtime scout and director of player personnel, Scott Luce. [LBC]
  • RIP to longtime hockey coach John Brophy, who died yesterday at age 83 at his home in Nova Scotia. As a player, Brophy was one the "heart and soul" of some very successful Long Island Ducks teams. [Newsday]

And I guess Duncan Keith got on stage to shotgun a beer with some singer dude: