Garth Snow was a guest on SirusXM’s NHL network and discussed a few different topics including the team’s off-season dealings thus far.
The Islanders will hold onto their fifth overall pick this June and ship next year’s pick to the Buffalo Sabres. Here’s Snow’s thoughts on that:
“The two biggest reasons: 1) with the fifth overall pick we’re going to get a good player either drafting in that position, moving the pick to get a more developed player… 2) we don’t feel we’re going to be in this position next year…”
Defensive prospect Griffin Reinhart just completed a good season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Reinhart was a finalist for an Islanders roster spot last fall but was sent back to the WHL for another year. Snow said that “training camp will dictate where Griff will play next year.” He also made a point that he’s not looking to rush any of the team’s prospects.
As for newly signed Jaroslav Halak, Snow gets into the team’s goalie situation:
“When you look at his career numbers, he’s one of the top goalies in the league statistically. For us, it was a no brainer to trade for his rights and use that window to get him signed. It was a fair deal for Jaro, it was a fair deal for us… It gives us some stability. We didn’t have any goalies under contract at the time… We knew Anders Nilsson was going to sign in Europe and he did a few days ago. It helps us fortify that position.
And on the perception that Halak is not durable:
Last year he played 52 games, I think by all accounts he changed his off-season training to help stay healthy… We’re confident that he can play 50+ games for us and we’ll get a backup goalie or a 1A goalie that can help take the pressure of Jaro trying to play 60+ games.
So, it sounds like we can anticipate another goalie coming in at some point this summer.
You can listen to the entire interview with Snow here.