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3:40 pm: Ryan Jankowski is no longer a member of the New York Islanders organization, several NHL sources told Point Blank this afternoon. It is believed the contract for Jankowski, who had the title of assistant general manager/amateur scouting director, expired soon after the 2010 draft and the Islanders chose not to give him a new one. His absence from today’s first day of Prospect Camp was a surprise to many.
Since Jankowski began managing the scouting staff in 2006, the Islanders have drafted – among others – talented young players such as John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Travis Hamonic, Josh Bailey, Matt Martin, Kirill Petrov, Kirill Kabanov, Andrew MacDonald, Brock Nelson, David Ullstrom, Kevin Poulin, Calvin de Haan, Mikko Koskinen and Casey Cizikas.
Suggestion: wait for the Islanders to make their public comments before making any assumptions. This is all I know as of now, and probably all I will until reading it elsewhere.
4:00 pm UPDATE: Katie Strang of Newsday confirms this story. Katie cites a source revealing that Jankowski learned yesterday that his contract would not be renewed by the Islanders. She says the open position will not be filled. Garth Snow will have added responsibilities. Comments.