Months and months of rumors and speculation regarding what New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow was going to do with the No. 1 overall pick ended at approximately 7:17 p.m. EST last night. Even as late as an hour before the draft there were rumors that the Islanders were prepared to take Brampton Battalion center Matt Duchene over John Tavares, the popular pick among fans. Once Snow stepped to the podium at the Bell Centre, the 10,000-plus Islanders fans sitting inside Nassau Coliseum at the team's draft party held their breath simultaneously and were soon rewarded:
As commenter "Costa T" pointed out on Thursday, had the Islanders chosen either Duchene or Victor Hedman, fans at Nassau Coliseum would have burned the barn down and thereby sped up the whole "need for an arena" process that owner Charles Wang is currently fighting for.
After the jump, we revisit a couple of our Islanders roundtable participants to see their reactions after the Tavares pick.Read More »from Islanders fans welcome John Tavares to the fold