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Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th
, 2009; 9:45 pm

John Tavares will be throwing out the first pitch on Sunday night at Citi Field before the 8pm game between the Yankees and Mets. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

If you are going to the game, be sure to show your Islanders pride!


Entry by: Ryan Jankowski, Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting
Saturday, June 27th
, 2009; 1:25 pm

Hey fans, the Draft has wrapped up and we are really excited about how the day has gone. Our staff worked extremely hard this year for these two days and we're very excited about the process and what we've achieved.

A lot of thanks go out to our scouts, who worked so hard throughout the year. The put a lot of dedication and pride in the New York Islanders organization and we're very excited about the future and about what we've added here this weekend.


Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 12:29 pm

The Islanders have selected center Anders Lee with the No. 152 pick.

That is the last pick the Islanders have. Barring an unforseen trade, the Islanders 2009 Draft is complete. We will check in with Islanders personnel from the Draft Floor later on.


Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 11:56 am

The Islanders have selected defenseman Anton Klementyev with the No. 122 pick.



Casey Cizikas
Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 11:20 am

The Islanders have selected center Casey Cizikas with the No. 92 pick.


Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 11:16 am

The Islanders have just traded the No. 91 pick to Phoenix for the Coyotes'  third-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The Islanders will have the first pick of the Fourth Round, No. 92 overall.

"Casey's a very talented player, he is very skilled and has a lot of hockey sense," Jankowski said. "We didn't think he's be around in the Fourth Round and it was a very pleasant surprise that he was there."



Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 10:40 am

The Islanders have just selected goaltender Anders Nilsson with the No. 62 pick.



Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 10:30 am

The Islanders have just made a trade. They have sent the No. 56 pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for picks No. 62 and No. 92.

The Isles will now pick at No. 62, which is the first pick of the Third Round.



Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 10:02 am

The Islanders have selected goaltender Mikko Koskinen with the No. 31 pick.

Koskinen’s best aspect might be his size at 6’7’’. He played in 33 games for Espoo during the 2008-09 season, recording a 1.91 goals-against average and .931 save percentage. Koskinen also appeared in nine games with Espoo’s junior team, compiling a 1.65 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

"Mikko's come a long way in the last couple of years," Jankowski said. "He was one of the top goalies in Finland and he took his team to the finals of the Elite League and we felt that with his size and potential, that he's going to be able to help us."

The Islanders next pick is at No. 56 in this second round.


Entry by: NYI Media
Saturday, June 27th, 2009; 9:33 am

After a truly exciting night in Islanders history, we are right back at it this morning for Day 2 of the Draft. Stay posted right here for each of the Islanders picks.

The Second Round begins at 10 am and the Islanders will be making the first pick of the day—No. 31 overall.


DAY 1

Entry by: NYI Media
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 8:05 pm

The Islanders just traded up again, and selected defenseman Calvin de Haan with the No. 12 pick. The Islanders traded picks 16, 77 and 182.

De Haan, who is from Ottawa, Canade, played last season for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In 2008-09, de Haan finished second among OHL rookie defensemen, and first among all Oshawa blueliners, with 63 points (8-55-63) in 68 games. For his efforts, de Haan was named the Generals’ Rookie of the Year and Top Defenseman. He also competed in the OHL All-Star Classic and 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.

"It feels good, for sure," de Haan said of his selection. "I don't know how to explain it, the feeling right now, but it's pretty unreal."

He native recorded 42 points (3-39-42) for Kemptville during the 2007-08 season, earning Central Junior Hockey League Player of the Year honors.


Entry by: NYI Media
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 8:05 pm

Just about 50 minutes after taking John Tavares with the No. 1 overall pick, the Islanders have made a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman anounced that the Islanders had traded up to get the No. 16 overall pick in the Draft. In exchange, the Islanders sent picks 26, 37, 62 and 92 to the  Blue Jackets. The Islanders also received pick No. 77 in the Third Round.

Entry by: Ryan Jankowski, Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 5:35 pm

Just arrived at the Bell Centre amid the flurry of action that the Draft represents. It is strange to be sitting so close to the front, and something we don’t want to repeat in future years. However, it is a truly exciting time for the entire Islanders organization. We are truly confident with our
No. 1 pick, but are equally excited about our second pick in the first round.

There’s no better place in the hockey world than to be right here in our position and the events of tonight and tomorrow will deeply add to the Islanders prospect pool.

I better run because there’s still work to be done. Enjoy the night and this historic Islanders’ moment.


Entry by: NYI Media
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 5:20 pm


Walking over to the Bell Centre from the hotel, Islanders owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow received well-wishes from many of the fans out on the streets of Montreal. Several fans stopped both Wang and Snow to have their photos taken.

The mood inside the Bell Centre is starting to heat up. The Draft Floor is packed with team officials and you can feel the energy in the building already.


Entry by: Steve Mears, Islanders Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 2:30 pm


They're expecting a standing-room only crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal for tonight's first round of the draft. If you know anything about an ordinary home game for the Canadiens, a huge event like this should be simply outrageous. During any given regular season, no matter where the Habs are in the standings, a Tuesday night game in February is an experience. More than 21,000 singing, dancing and screaming fans pack the building every night and make it—in my opinion—the wildest atmosphere in the NHL for a game. The way the arena is constructed, with the stands rising almost straight up above the ice, also adds to it. 

With the buzz in the city throughout the entire week, and the anticipation of the first overall pick, we're really fortunate to be here covering this event. But even with all of that said, it's still pretty safe to say that the Bell Centre is only the second-best place to be on this night. To everyone who will attend tonight's draft party at the Coliseum, have a great time!

Entry by: Scott Gordon, Islanders Head Coach
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 1:17 pm

A photo of the Bell Centre, taken on Friday morning.
This is really an exciting day for me, this is my first time being at an NHL Draft. Just like everyone else, I am really looking forward to the Draft getting underway. There is a lot of anticipation and we’re all anxious for it to get started. We have a lot of picks this weekend and they're going to be calling the Islanders name a lot. And while I'm really excited that we have the No. 1 pick tonight, I hope I don’t have to experience this feeling again!


Entry by: Ryan Jankowski,
Islanders Assistant GM/Director
of Amateur Scouting
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 8:55 am

We are just finishing up some breakfast prior to a group staff meeting. There are certainly butterflies right now that can be similar to playing in a big playoff game.

I know for myself and our staff that today and tomorrow are the biggest work days of the year. The road trips and hundreds of games watched by our staff all come down to this weekend, which we are fully prepared to execute.

It's no different than a player in a Game 7—the game face is on and the boys are ready to go.


Entry by: NYI Media
Friday, June 26th, 2009; 8:35 am


Draft Day is finally here! Hey fans, if you're going to be attending the Draft Party tonight, this will certainly interest you. TSN is planning on cutting live to the Coliseum right at the time of the
No. 1 pick. So for that moment, the entire hockey world will have it's eyes on the Islanders Draft Party! Very cool.


Entry by: Ryan Jankowski, Islanders Assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting
Thursday, June 25th, 2009; 6 pm


Hey Islanders fans. The hockey crazy city of Montreal is buzzing with the NHL taking over for an exciting Draft weekend. I arrived on Tuesday night, many of our scouts arrived yesterday, and the remainder of our staff will fill in today. Most of the work is done at this point, and we are spending most of our time doing individual meetings with our scouts to once and for all finalize our Draft list in each region.
 
Obviously we are excited with how things are going to play out tomorrow night, not only with the 1st pick overall but with pick 26. Also we have focused a lot of attention to our second-round picks at No. 31, No. 37 and No. 56, which are going to be huge picks to add players to our prospect depth.


Entry by: Steve Mears, Islanders Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
Thursday, June 25th, 2009; 5:30 pm

 
Hi everyone. Getting the opportunity to spend almost a full summer week in Montreal—my favorite city in the NHL—has been an experience already. I arrived on Tuesday for the NHL's annual Broadcast Meetings and will be reporting live via satellite from the Bell Centre back to Nassau Coliseum tomorrow night during the Draft Party. I'll have the very first interviews with the Islanders' draft picks, plus scouts, staff members and much more. We'll also provide a lot of coverage from Day 2, which will be posted on IslandersTV, including interviews with all of the Isles' draft picks and draft recaps from Garth Snow and Ryan Jankowski. I really can't wait to get going and being in the always charged-up Bell Centre will be the second-best place to be for "the pick."  Some quick observations about walking around downtown Montreal this afternoon:

You really can't walk more than five feet without seeing an NHL GM, Scout, or potential draft pick. It's really the one event where the entire hockey world is together in one city for one weekend.

Walking around downtown Montreal is wonderful when you're not trudging through five inches of snow, which seems to always be the case during hockey season.  With the weather absolutely perfect this week, as opposed to painfully cold, we're really lucky to be in one of the best cities in the world.
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