I don’t need to convince Garth Snow that keeping this year’s 1st round pick is the right idea, as he already knows [Probably the first time I’ve ever said that about the GM].
But apparently, I have to convince some of you, and that is very confusing to me. In my opinion, keeping the pick is the only logical option.
I will argue against the groups who want to trade the pick or give the pick to Buffalo. In doing so, I will counter the specific arguments proponents of the other two groups have used.
“Next Year’s Draft is Much Better Than This One, Garth Should Save the Pick For One of Those Players”
The 2015 draft is certainly full of big names, but in reality, the projected top five this year (2014) are pretty much equal to, and maybe even better than, the top five next year (2015).
What makes the 2015 so highly touted, when compared to the upcoming 2014, is due to it’s depth, and not it’s overall level of talent.
Besides, the scouts’ work is pretty much done with us having the fifth overall pick. We simply choose whoever––Bennett, Ekblad, Reinhart, Draisaitl, or Dal Colle––is left over, once the Isles are on the clock.
“We Might Miss Out On Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel”
So you’re saying we should tank next year to get one of the top two picks? Great message to the fans that would be sending.
Passing up a strong finish, in what is the final year at the Coliseum, just to try again the next year with a player whose skill set we already have would certainly put fans over the top.
Imagine next year we make the playoffs and get bounced in the first round; That would mean we would have given Matt Moulson, a 5th overall pick, Thomas Vanek, and a 2015 second-round pick for what? A 2014 second-rounder and a pick somewhere around around the 17-23 area?
People believing that the possibility of getting McDavid or Eichel is a good enough reason to give this year’s pick to Buffalo makes me happy, knowing we have someone capable of making good decisions in our front office.
“The Pick Could Get Fair Market Value From Another Team”
Yes, we could. But we’re the Islanders.
Snow might use the waiver wire better than most, but he has a knack of losing trades, second only to fictional Cleveland Browns GM Sonny Weaver Jr.
If he traded Thomas Vanek for Sebastian Collberg, and Andrew MacDonald for Matt Mangene, imagine the leftovers and the to-be-determined players he’ll get for James Reimer or Braden Holtby.
He could prove us wrong, like finding a weak spot in the Capitals’ management to land Jaroslav Halak’s rights, but those deals are few and far between.
“We’re One or Two Good Players Away From a Deep Run in the Playoffs”
Though arguable; If true, those players could be right under our noses…
Players like Thomas Hickey, Anders Lee, Calvin de Haan, and Brock Nelson will have had another year of NHL experience under their belt.
Griffin Reinhart, Ville Pokka, and Ryan Pulock could join us next year to boost our defensive game. And when John Tavares is healthy, there is not a goalie or defenseman in the NHL that can stop him.
If we can sign Jaroslav Halak, and get a key UFA defenseman or winger in July, we can get two proven NHL playoff players seemingly for free.
Sometimes it’s best to sacrifice, but other times a team can be rewarded for its patience.
We all have ideas for how the Islanders should be run, along with little say in the matter. But, Garth, if you ever happen to stumble upon this article, please know that for once in your career, you are headed in the right direction.Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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This article was previously written on May 14th.