Perhaps Jackson should be less aggressive about stashing commits in junior hockey for longer than necessary? Remember if it weren't for Palmieri and Tinordi's early departures, Tynan and Lind would have each spent an additional season in the USHL.
but Lee's demeanor after the game left me feeling he was going to leave, and I told my sister (JJFP) that Saturday night. Watching him in the post game press conference further fed my feeling he was gone.
Then I wouldn't have had to wonder if the story was legit.
A couple, Luke Lucyk and Garrett Peterson, have left for a bit and returned. Some left for pro contracts, some "left" before playing at all, and some just left.
Then he could have played for a decent organization.
by signing for two years despite initially refusing to even report to Long Island. I'm not in love with Mr. Wang but I do like the direction of the team. Hopefully they'll have some money to throw at it when/before they move to Brooklyn.
And don't knock snow. He's 500x the GM that Mike Milbury was.
Up until that you basically had DiPietro, right?...who obviously you don't want to lean on.
He'd probably break his collarbone.
Despite being overvalued as the #1 overall pick in 2000 (see: Marian Gaborik, Dany Heatly), and not THAT much better than the then-up-and-coming Roberto Luongo, he was still really good before the constant injuries took everything away.
DiPietro is in Bridgeport now, with Kevin Poulin (22) and Nabby keeping goal on Long Island.
Getting Nabby to report was huge, though you hear players say all the time that they like living on Long Island. I just wonder what they'll be able to do to the Barclays Center to make it more suitable for hockey before the big move. And whether they'll spend major league $ there.
Edmonton Oilers East.
but even then they're not exactly cruising to a post-season berth. They still have D and G issues and are thin in real F depth. Then there's Mr. Wang and Mr. Snow. That said, I see no downside to Lee signing now if he's ready. And as a lower-round pick, he could easily get moved by the Isles for something else down the road. If he shows a lot of promise, it's a roster he could crack.
There are exceptions to that, and maybe he is one of them.
When you have a team that is as thin as the Isle are for talent, you don't have the luxury of leaving guys in the American League for development. I think that could be even more important in a year like this where there is very little practice time in the NHL.
the roster after adjusting to the pro game. As we know, Kreider's been up and down this year between NYR and Connecticut. And he was a 1 R pick....
a young winger who has scored 30 plus goals 3 years in a row, one of the best young defensive forwards in the game and a ton of talent on the way up. Add that to the fact thet are about to move to Brooklyn and they have a bright future.
Also I'm not in love with Garth Snow but he did pick up Molson, Grabner and a number of other productive players for basically nothing.
I'll reserve judgement on whether or not that's a sound long term idea.
Bridgeport would do it