Isles get a little bit of luck and win the 1st pick over all in the 2009 draft. Ken Morrow was at the lottery on behalf of the Isles and would not commit to who the Isles would select with the first overall pick. Some people (bloggers too) have suggested that the Isles should commit right away to Tavares - to give the fans something to cheer about and to show a commitment to Tavares. I disagree.
JT is still playing hockey - as is Hedman. Who knows what could happen over the next 7-8 weeks. I think the Isles should remain a little coy about what they plan to do. Everyone knows they have the pick --- but if they don't tip their hand about their intentions - then who knows what could happen over the next several weeks or on draft day itself. Now I am not suggesting that Garth entertain trade offers for the pick. Unless you are giving me Ovechkin or Kovalchuk I wouldn't bother picking up the phone. But keeping everyone in the dark can impact other trades if the Isles do try to move their other 1st rounder up higher.
Who knows. I just think if you don't have to tip your hand -- then don't.
Regardless -- this is a GREAT day for the Isles, a GREAT day for the fans, a GREAT day for Long Island - and let's hope another GREAT day in the progress of the Lighthouse.
FYI -- in his interview on Versus -- JT did have some nice things to say about the Isles - called them a historic franchise. Of course he'd be foolish to say anything other than nice things.
Let's hope its TAVARES.