Back in May, Isles owner, Charles Wang told Newsday that he regretted purchasing the team. That was when his Lighthouse project had been ignored for the past 5 months. On June 2, 2009, just a few weeks later, Wang finally met with Nassau County officials to discuss what benefits his project may provide to the community. According to Wang, he has reason to be optimistic that his project, 7 years in the making, could happen.
Riding this wave of optimism and with not one, but two selections in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft, including the first overall selection... what do you do if you are the Islanders? Throw a party, and invite 18,000 of your closest friends of course!
You have to hand it to the Isles. It is now more important than ever to impress the notion that the team is still relevant in the community, and they have played their cards right. GM Garth Snow has done his very best to create drama and intrigue by keeping the teams' No. 1 selection shrouded in mystery. The draft day party will feature appearances by current players and Islander HOFers like Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier!
So whether it be John Tavaras, Victor Hedman or Matt Duchene that pulls their sweater over their head on draft day, the Islanders will win because they made it an event! Good for them and good for the NHL if one of their struggling franchises can again become a "beacon" at the Lighthouse.