Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Looking Ahead - A Good Loss

Hello fans. I just got back from the Coliseum and witnessed the unthinkable. Rob Davison scored a goal? From 190 feet away? Shorthanded? The Leafs came away with the 3-1 victory after Davison's Hail Mary bounced over Toskala and into the net. Is the loss such a bad thing? The team is dead in the water when it comes to the playoffs but looking ahead you cannot help but get intrigued over the possibility of landing a lottery pick in this year's NHL Draft. There are 7 sure fire NHL players in this draft, and some experts say the top 30 players in this draft have a better than average shot of not only making it at the NHL level, but becoming impact players quickly. There are two forwards in Steven Stamkos and Nikita Filitov that probably would step right into any lineup in the NHL. If the Islanders could somehow manage to land either of them we would have the top notch can't miss player in the vein of Dany Heatley, Ilya Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa, Evegni Malkin, Sydney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin that we as Islander fans are so used to seeing go to other teams around us and light the world on fire. I am sick of it. The last time we landed the number one pick we drafted DP. I will not get into discussing the trades that Milbury made but some have said that choices crippled this franchise and it has not recovered from it. Landing one of these kids would be a MAJOR step in the right direction of landing that jewel of a player the Islanders can truly build around. I will and ould never openly root against the Islanders, but you gotta admit the thought of landing the number 1 or 2 overall pick in this year's draft is an appetizing one.

By the way, the St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets won tonight. good for us, bad for them. Dont look now but the team is currently 27th in the league which would net us a lottery pick. All we need is the Thrashers and Lightning to pick up their play. The Islanders have a VERY tough schedule to close out the season with 2 games each against the Penguins, Devils, Flyers and Rangers. So anything is possible.

FCT

5 comments:

NYI FAN said...

You could say that the future looks bright!! (regarding the upcoming draft that is)

Joyce said...

I, too, am sick of it.

FCT said...

We have to be optimistic, about landing either Nikita Filitov or Steven Stamkos that is.

FCT

Mike Carey said...

When it looked like we might hold on for a 1-0 lead I said "that fluky Davison goal is going to cost us a shot at Stamkos". Luckily we crumbled once again and gave the Leafs the W.

FCT said...

Tampa, Columbus and Atlanta all lost last night. Bad news....