As you can see to the left, there's 2009 #1 overall draft pick John Tavares flanked by General Manager Garth Snow and Head Coach Scott Gordon. While Wednesday's (7/8) press conference at Nassau Coliseum was short and nothing new was revealed about Tavares, it was a nice chance for the fans to meet and greet the young prodigy. Tavares signed jerseys for kids and pressed the flesh with ducat-purchasing adults; a win for all involved.
While talking with Mike Carey from Islanders 360, we both agreed that whether JT turns out to be a marvel or merely run-of-the-mill, at least he will have had the support of the fans since Day 1. Howie Rose, Islanders announcer, even went so far as to call the young Tavares "The People's Choice" during his introduction.
It was a pleasant event despite the crush of media eager to hear Tavares opine on the Islanders, New York, and his perception of the future. A lot of the fans told us they can't wait until Opening Day. We agree with that sentiment.
We'll hopefully be checking in with John next at rookie camp, where perhaps we'll be able to hear his statements a bit better. Don't worry, Kyle, we didn't forget about you!