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Ness to the Islanders ... another Okposo situation in the making?

FELDY: Is today the beginning of Garth Snowvs. Don Lucia, Part II ?

There were some words tossed around in various media outlets between Snow, the New York Islanders GM, and Lucia, the Gophers' head coach, when star forward Kyle Okposoleft Minnesota in December to join the Islanders system.

Snow said Okposo wasn't developing well under Lucia and his staff , while Lucia said Snow was putting Okposo in a very difficult position by putting pressure on him to leave school and his teammates in the middle of the season.

To add to the intrigue, the Islanders today selected Aaron Ness, defenseman from Roseau, early in the second round (No. 40 overall). Ness, of course, is headed to Minnesota this fall to play for Lucia. It'll be interesting to see if he "develops" fast enough for Snow's liking at the U.

* While we're on the subject of college hockey, a handful of WCHA or WCHA-bound players were taken in Round 2 of the NHL Draft. Four Wisconsin players or recruits were picked: D Cody Goloubef, a current Badger, went 37th overall to Columbus; and recruits D Patrick Wiercioch(No. 42, Ottawa), D Justin Schultz(No. 43, Anaheim) and F Derek Stepan(No. 51, N.Y. Rangers) were selected today. Stepan played at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault. Also, Edina native Danny Kristo, a F who played for the USNTDP, was picked No. 56 overall by Montreal. Kristo is committed to North Dakota.

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* The Islanders took another college-bound player, Shattuck-St. Mary's grad David Toews(North Dakota), in round 3, No. 66 overall. David is the brother of current Chicago Blackhawk Jonathan Toews, who was a finalist for the Calder Trophy (NHL Rookie of the Year) this past season.

* Denver U. recruit F Joe Colbornewent 16th overall to Boston, one pick ahead of Minnetonka's Jake Gardiner, a Wisconsin recruit, who was drafted by Anaheim.

* The Minnesota Wild went defense again in Round 2, picking Marco Scandella(6-2, 190) of the QMJHL at No. 55 overall. In Scandella, it looks, perhaps, like the Wild may have found a future defensive partner for first-round pick Tyler Cuma. When you Google Scandella's name, the first link that pops up is a link to "hockeyfights.com". Cuma is touted as more of an offensive defenseman, someone who needs to be paired with a stay-at-home, tough defensive defenseman. Sounds like that's what Scandella is .

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