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New York Islanders and Mark Hunter Could Lineup After Draft

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders already have Lou Lamoriello on the books, we hoped they could add former Toronto Maple Leafs counterpart Mark Hunter as well. But that can’t happen till after the 2018 draft.

We’re all still coming down from the new that the New York Islanders will be adding former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello to the organization. And then we saw that Mark Hunter could also be available.

We’ve all been longing for a new General Manager for years. It’s been 12 years since we got a new one. On July 18th 2006, Garth Snow was named GM of the New York Islanders, and it’s been his show ever since.

Now it’s going to be Lou Lamoriello’s show. The era of Lou is about to begin. And we can’t wait.

If Lou is appointed as the President of Hockey Operations does he push Garth Snow out the door and hire his own GM? And if so, could he go and get his former Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Mark Hunter?

He’s Available

Today the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Assistant GM Mark Hunter would be leaving the organization effective immediately.

Don’t get too giddy right away. According to Bob McKenzie, the premier talent scout can’t be had until after the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Which just goes to show you how skilled at talent evaluation Hunter is. It’s not a significant impediment for the Islanders, just a minor annoyance.

With four picks in the opening two rounds and two in the top half of the draft, the New York Islanders could absolutely use someone with Hunter’s skills. It’s not a deal breaker, and nor should it be.

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Either way, Hunter is available to be added to the organization. Assuming he still wants to work under Lou Lamoriello for some time.

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