I would say the Islanders came out pretty good anyway.
But yeah, the Blues should have taken that sucker a few years ago and never looked back.
That year, the Islanders took:
1 - Kyle Okposo
2 - Jesse Joensuu
3 - Robin Figren, Brad Marchand and Jonas Ahnelov
4 - Rhett Rahkshani
5 - Brett Bennett
6 - Andrew MacDonald
7 - Troy Matilla
And... players we could have drafted instead of EJ with the #1:
Chris Stewart, Artem Anisimov, Cal Clutterbuck... okay, it was a pretty lousy draft I guess... at least after the top 7 picks. We could have had Toews, or Kessel, but no. We had to get EJ.
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