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Doug Weight diving into management role

Recently-retired Islanders captain Doug Weight has wasted no time getting acquainted with the management side of the business.

Since hanging up the skates last month, Weight said he has been involved with almost all of the Islanders off-season and pre-draft meetings as well as contract discussions about young player Michael  Grabner and Kyle Okposo, who were recently awarded 5-year deals.

The 40-year-old veteran admitted he doesn't have as much insight to offer on the draft-eligible players under the spotlight this weekend at the draft, but that his involvement has been worthwhile, regardless.

"It's been a great learning experience," Weight said when reached by telephone Wednesday. "I think that's why you have to have trust and delegation. As an organization you have to find people you trust to find [the right players] and that's certainly the direction we are going."

Weight, who is in Las Vegas for tonight's NHL Awards, will fly to Minneapolis this weekend and sit at the draft table for the first time as a member of the Islanders organization.

In fact, it will be Weight's first real draft experience, period.

Weight was at an Olympic camp that conflicted with the draft in 1990 when he was selected in the second round (34th overall) by the New York Rangers, so he never even got to hear his name called. 

He said he's excited for the first-hand experience Friday.

"I'm sure I'm going to see some wild things this weekend."

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