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Isles nab No. 1 pick; Leafs eye trade up

Updated: April 15, 2009, 6:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- The final result of the New York Islanders' worst season in nine years is the opportunity for them to land a player who just might be able to turn around the beleaguered franchise.

The Islanders won the NHL draft lottery and the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday night, giving them the right to take one of two highly touted prospects -- forward John Tavares and Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman.

"It put a huge smile on my face," said general manager Garth Snow, in his third year ...

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