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Lighthouse Hockey Aug 10, 2014

Checking on Released Islanders Draft Picks: Spurgeon excels, Kichton fights for position,

The Ones Who Walk Away. As of summer 2014, the New York Islanders have had to make a decision on 37 of their selections from the 2008 to 2012 NHL drafts. (Teams generally hold on to a pick's rights for two years if he's in Canadian juniors or most European leagues, up to four years if he's in the NCAA, and more if he's a "defected" pick in the KHL like Kirill Petrov.) Of those, there have been very few who the Islanders elected to let walk or, in a few cases, traded them before letting them walk. Here's an update on the ones who walk away: Jared Spurgeon, D, (2008, 6th round, 156th...

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