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Islanders News: Lamoriello-Trotz era begins on NHL Draft Day

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The Islanders get their GM, get their coach, now set eyes on the future.

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2017 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
“Me? Yes, I have my ways.”
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I’m not someone who lives for opportunities to rip Garth Snow or Doug Weight (or to be honest, Mike Milbury or Don Maloney before them), nor am I a person who ever looks at his sports teams with much optimism. As a sports fan I’m used to disappointment and low expectations, and I see the architects of that disappointment as people who mean better but don’t know how to deliver it.

Given all that, however, even I am a little excited about next season now that both Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz are in the fold. Both have had their flaws in the NHL, but they’ve also accomplished a hell of a lot more than anyone in a similar position with the Islanders since Arbour and Torrey.

With Barzal emerging and Tavares (hopefully) still able to offer near-peak production, it’s nice to have them, finally, working under two guys who have a clear idea of what they hope to do.

We’ll have a classic Islanders Anxiety podcast up this morning, then a draft preview.

Islanders Reading

  • Perhaps you heard, Lou landed his man. Like, in three days. Barry Trotz is the Islanders coach, and hopefully another lure for Tavares. [LHH | Islanders | Newsday | Athletic | Post]
  • Trotz said he wants the team to be fast, organized and defensively responsible. Lou was a big draw. [LHH | Isles conference call audio]
  • Next season the Islanders will play even more games, eight more, at Nassau Coliseum than previously announced. [Gov. Cuomo | Newsday | LHH] That’s part of the full schedule announcement for 2018-19. [Isles] But no derby games at the Coliseum next year. [Newsday]
  • If you look at every coach in Islanders history, Trotz...fits in pretty highly. [LHH]
  • Trotz and Kenny Albert used to be roommates. [Newsday]
  • Does all this influence Tavares to stay? Dan updates the Encyclopedia. [LHH]
  • The draft begins tonight. The beginning of Lou’s chance to remake the roster. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of which, here are five kids the Isles could draft around 11 and 12. [Newsday]
  • A look back at how the Trotz relationship with the Capitals got to a point where he could walk away. [NoVa Caps]

Elsewhere

  • Really well done, this: How other GMs would salute the Stanley Cup champion Capitals. [Japers’ Rink]
  • Also really well done: An overview of the NHL draft and how it evolved to what it is today. [Defending Big D]
  • From the awards: Taylor Hall’s MVP award was validation for him, another black mark on the Oilers. [TSN]
  • Look out, Oilers fans! They are willing to deal the 10th overall pick for defense. [NBC Sports]
  • Fun idea here: Western scout describes Brady Tkachuk, then Brady, his brother Matt and an ESPN draft guy respond to the scout. [ESPN]
  • Don’t know what any of this says or means but it sounds pretty smart and insightful about evaluating and comparing scorers. [Hockey-Graphs]