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Shipping off to Minnesota...or so we thought

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 7:02 AM
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2011 NHL Entry Draft Blog
Shipping off to Minnesota...or so we thought
We thought we were on our way. Our Islanders TV staff and I were all pumped up to get to Minnesota as soon as possible to set up for a shoot with native-Minnesotan Kyle Okposo. When our 6:30 a.m. flight out of LaGuardia was cancelled for being "unable to crew" we were very disappointed. The 11 a.m. shoot now in jeopardy, we all began brainstorming on some new ideas. We are still hopeful to set something up with Kyle for later in the day.

So what is there to do in an airport for five hours? Do some last minute reading on the draft and blog. 

Thanks to the help of Islanders Draft Central and nhl.com's extensive coverage and mock drafts, I think I'm ready to make a few predictions of my own.  And by that I mean wagers, and because of any bets or mock drafts I may be placing bets on, I will not divulge my 1-30 here.

But  what is more interesting to us here in Islanders Country is what happens when Garth Snow is on the clock. There are a compelling group of players that will most likely be around at No. 5. Couturier, Larsson, Baertschi, Hamilton, and Strome are all in the mix according to the experts. Undoubtedly everyone has their inner GM going, and will think they know just what the Islanders need. I will leave that to the General Manager, as I am no whiz at hockey ops, just a girl looking to make an few extra dollars on some lucky guesses.

What I can tell you is that we have planned to bring some great coverage to newyorkislanders.com, the draft party at the Coliseum (click here to get your free tickets), and to Facebook and Twitter. Get connected to everything and you won't miss a thing.

Now, after a long day working on disseminating the content from yesterday's exciting announcement regarding the new arena, the early wake up for that cancelled 6:30 a.m. flight has made these eyes a bit sleepy. It is time for a nap.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
6 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
7 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
8 NYR 30 16 10 4 92 81 36
9 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
10 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
13 PHI 32 12 14 6 88 96 30
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28
16 CAR 32 9 19 4 68 91 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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