Two dozen wrapped Bauer Vapor XXXX composite sticks, all stamped “PICK,” stood outside the Islanders locker room, as did the equipment bag adorned with the Penguins logo. “Hey man, hockey is a business,” said the Islanders’ major deadline day acquisition. “Even Wayne Gretzky got traded, I think.”
Conditional Pick, an under-sized defenseman with huge upside, visited the Coliseum late tonight. Scott Gordon was unusually tight-lipped about his plans for the newest Islander. “To be awnest with you,” said Gordon, “I couldn’t tell you what he’s going to be. Our scouts say he could be a 5, a 4, maybe with some luck he becomes a 3.”
The native of Pickering, Ontario said he enjoyed his time in the Pittsburgh organization and was looking forward to lining up with their big stars. “To get to play with Miro Satan in Scranton was kind of a dream of mine,” he said.
But he’s taking a glass half-full approach. “I’m proud to be in such select company. I mean, how many guys can say they were traded for Bill Guerin”?
Pick was impressed by Guerin as the two players made the traditional swap of living arrangments to ease the late-season transition. “Billy couldn’t have been cooler,” the kid said, “but I hooked him up, too. I’ve got his 10-bedroom house on the North Shore, and he’s all set with my billets in Sudbury. The dogs can be a bit much, but the Byrnes and Dugan families are great, great people.”
Before the 5-6, 140-pound puck-moving dman left for the Marriott, we asked where he hoped to spend his first full season of development in his new organization. “I’m gonna push for a spot with the big club in camp, but if the Islanders decide I’m not ready I’ll put in my time on the farm team,” said Pick.
“That’s in Sarnia, eh”?
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