For a glimpse of who the Islanders will be bringing to Long Island before the draft at the end of the month and who has already gotten the tour, check out this list below:
Still to come:
Cam Fowler - June 8
Erik Gudbranson - June 10
Brandon Gormley - June 11
Courtesy of Rangers beat writer Steve Zipay in Philly, here is a little more info. Although winger Brett Connolly was conspicuously absent from the list I just posted, he told Zipay he expected to visit the Isles some time before the draft. Here's some more from Connolly:
Have the Islanders shown significant interest?
"Yeah, they were my first interview [at the combine]. We'll see; it's hard to determine what a team needs. They do have some good young forwards....
Is the hip issue overblown?
"Well it's a big decision [for teams]. Whenever you make a first-round pick, it's got ti be someone who's not gonna end up hurt next year. But for me, it's behind me. I feel great and your body doesn't lie. I'm 100%.
***And here are some thoughts from d-man Cam Fowler:
"They seemed one of the more interested ones at the combine. We'll get to meet a little bit more Wednesday or Thursday. There's a lot of good players in the top five or six, several defensemen, so I think anything can happen...I think speed in the game today is so huge, everybody's looking for outlet passers."