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Shipping off to Minnesota...or so we thought

Thursday, 06.23.2011 / 7:02 AM ET
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2011 NHL Entry Draft Blog
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 8 6 5 2 11
K. Okposo 8 1 6 2 7
F. Nielsen 8 3 2 0 5
B. Nelson 8 1 4 -3 5
A. Quine 8 1 4 1 5
R. Strome 6 1 3 3 4
T. Hickey 8 1 3 -3 4
S. Prince 8 3 0 2 3
R. Pulock 4 1 2 -3 3
N. Leddy 8 0 3 2 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 3 0 .937 2.06
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