Isles nab first overall selection in 2009 draft

Unlike the bad luck Flyers in 2007, the New York Islanders were the worst team in the NHL and justifiably received the first overall selection in the 2009 NHL entry draft.  The lottery selection went into action  Tuesday at Scotiabank place in Ottawa.

The Islanders were followed by the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche, for number two and three.  New York is expected to take hyped up forward John Tavares, but knowing Islanders’ General Manager Garth Snow,  trading down is always an option.  One team very interested in moving up to get Tavares is Toronto, which holds the seventh pick.

“We’ll immediately attempt to move up,” said Leafs’ General Manager Brian Burke. in published reports. “We’re going to talk to everyone between us and the first pick and see what the landscape is.”

The rumor is that anyone on the Leafs’ roster besides defenseman Luke Schenn is on the table.

“No player is untradeable,” said Burke. “Wayne Gretzky got traded.”

If Toronto can’t move up to grab Tavares, it is very possible they will go after forward Brayden Schenn, the scrappy little brother of Luke.  Brayden is considered a possible top-5 pick.

But no matter how the draft plays out, one thing is for sure — the Isles will be getting better.

A entire list is as follows…

1 New York Islanders
2 Tampa Bay Lightning
3 Colorado Avalanche
4 Atlanta Thrashers
5 Los Angeles Kings
6 Phoenix Coyotes
7 Toronto Maple Leafs
8 Dallas Stars
9 Ottawa Senators
10 Edmonton Oilers
11 Nashville Predators
12 Minnesota Wild
13 Buffalo Sabres
14 Florida Panthers
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