Well, like it or hate it, you can't deny that watching the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft couldn't have been any more exciting for the Islanders. Only time will tell, however, whether all that excitement pays off on the ice. The crowd at the Nassau Coliseum sure didn't expect it. Lets recap last night's events in Islanders' Country starting right after the Blues selected Alex Peitrangelo wit the 4th pick overall.
Gary Bettman approaches the podium: "The 5th Overall Pick in the 2008 NHL Draft belongs to the New York Islanders"
Coliseum Draft Party Crowd Chants: FILATOV! FILATOV! FILATOV!
Darren Dregeer of TSN Reports: Garth Snow is very busy and there could very well be a trade in the works. Cliff Fletcher, Leafs GM, is now confirming that the Islanders will trade #5 to the Leafs for #7. The Leafs are looking to draft Schenn.
Coliseum Draft Party Crowd Reacts: UH OH UH OH UH OH
Gary Bettman approaches the podium: Sorry for the delay. We have a trade. The Islanders trade pick #5 in this year's draft to Toronto for pick #7 in this year's draft and the New York Islanders' option, pick #60 this year and Toronto's 3rd round pick next year OR pick #68this year and Toronto's 2nd round pick in 2009.
Coliseum Crowd responds: Huh? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
HNLI Alex defends the move: If we still get Filatov at 7, Snow looks like a genius.
Mike Penny of the Leafs approaches the podium: With the 5th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the Tornoto MapleLeafs select from the Kolona Rockets, Luke Schenn.
Ottawa Fans at the draft react to the newest Leaf: BOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Gary Bettman approaches the podium: The 6th pick belongs to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
TSN Reports: Bluejackets are looking to acquire RJ Umberger.
Gary Bettman approaches the podium: We have a trade to announce!
Colisuem Crowd: Uh-oh. Somebody's swooping in to take Filatov!!!!!
Bettman Continues: Columbus trades pick #19 and #67 for RJ Umberger and pick #118.
TSN Reports: So Columbus still has the 6th pick overall and it looks like they're looking at Filatov.
Coliseum Crowd Reacts: BOOOOOOOOOO!
Bluejackets Bigshots(sorry lol) approach the podium: With the 6th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the Columbus Bluejackets select......from CSKA Moscow, Nikita Filatov.
Coliseum Crowd Reacts: SNOW MUST GO! SNOW MUST GO! (First wave files out of building)
HNLI Alex: Looks like Garth screwed up bigtime on this one. Wonder who he thought Columbus would take. Unless he didn't want Filatov. Probably will be Colin Wilson at #7 now.
Gary Bettman approaches the podium: We have another trade! The Islanders trade pick #7 to Nashville for pick #9 and pick #40.
Coliseum Crowd: HUH?!
HNLI Alex: Garth is trying to get a monopoly on the second round.
Predators approach the podium: With pick #7, the Bluejackets select from Boston University, Colin Wilson.
HNLI Alex (and Steve): UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Coliseum Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOO!
HNLI Steve: Boedker better fall to us at 9.
Wayne Gretzkey of the Coyotes approaches the podium
Ottawa Fans provide standing ovation for The Great One
Back to Gretzkey: With the 8th pick, the Phoenix Coyotes select Mikkel Boedker.
Coliseum Crowd: PICK SOMEBODY! ANYBODY!
TSN Wonders: WHO DO THE ISLANDERS WANT?! We knew everything that went on in the top 10 would depend on who the Isles want. It's a mystery at this point.
Garth Snow finally approaches the podium: First we'd like to say hello to our fans at the draft party at the Nassau Coliseum.
Coliseum Crowd: BOOOOOOOOO! You Suck! Snow Must Go!
Snow continues: With the 9th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders select Josh Bailey.
Coliseum Crowd: WHO?!
TSN Reports: There were whispers about this last night that the Islanders really wanted Bailey. The Islanders' moves will be judged by comparing Luke Schenn and Nikita Filatov, to Bailey and whatever comes of those second and third rounders.
Well, like it or hate it, it was one hell of a night. Nobody could've possibly fathomed this sequence of events, except for maybe Garth himself. Only time will tell if all this craziness turns into greatness on the ice.