With the season more than half over, the Islanders restoration project is in full swing.  Thursday night the team faces the Panthers with a shot at an iconic L10.  It seems fairly likely that the team from Uniondale will finish among the bottom two or three squads and may have an opportunity to add McKinnon, Jones or Drouin in the upcoming draft.
 
Whichever 1st round pick is realized, the team will also add another 7 young players in the first 3 rounds. 
 
"This season has been a struggle." said Coach John Tortorella, long a master of understatement.  "The GM has focused on the future.  I'm not complaining but it's my job to win games now.  We know we haven't been competitive for the last few seasons but that is going to change over the next few.  I just hope I still have a job when it happens." he added before shaking his head in a dejected moment.
 
Among the youngsters that will see NEFHL playing time in the very near future will be Alex Galchenyuk, Nino Niederreiter, Justin Huberdeau who are all playing in the NHL this season.  Teemu Pulkkinen won't be coming over to North America until 2013-2014 but the NHL Red Wings prospect has clear top 6 potential.  22 year old Gabriel Bourque has graduated to the NHL Predators and finished last season as a top six forward with special teams skills as well. A host of young depth players are also in line for promotions to the NEFHL pro team, with Ryan White, Kaspars Daugavins both gaining playing time with their respective NHL teams.
 
AGM Jason Jarrett, when asked about the course of the team from Long Island, said "There's no question in my mind that David Wright will continue to lead this team for years to come."