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The NHL Draft Lottery was held tonight. The Islanders will pick fifth in this year’s entry draft in Minnesota. The Oilers will pick first for the second straight year and the New Jersey Devils moved up for the fourth overall pick.

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The Islanders announced today that Jack Capuano will return as head coach next season. The announcement, that came this morning, was a surprise to no one since Capuano had established himself as the leading candidate for the job as the season came to a close.

Capuano led the Islanders back to respectability in the second half of the season posting a 25-21-9 record in the last 55 games. He also posted a 26-29-10 record since taking over the team from Scott Gordon in November.

Capuano was credited with turning a team that lacked confidence after losing 20 of 21 games earlier in the season.

“Jack took over a team that really lacked confidence,” Islanders general manager, Garth Snow, told the media today. He took over a team that was really down in the dumps emotionally and I thought he really did an excellent job getting the most out of our players. You could see it in the way our team played from December on…Anyone who’s watched our season knows it’s almost a tale of two seasons and Jack had a big role in getting the best out of this group.”

The New England native has also been credited simplifying the complex system that Scott Gordon, which has allowed the players to be more creative on the ice and change the play on the fly.

Capuano joined the Islanders organization back in the 2005-2006 season as an assistant with the Islanders. He was given the head coaching job in Bridgeport before the 2007-2008 season started.

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With the draft lottery over and the playoffs starting tomorrow I guess it’s time to come to realization that the Islanders season is officially over. It has been a crazy season, to say the least, and having been able to watch a good part of it from the press box at the Nassau Coliseum was a dream come true. It’s every fans dream to be able to interact with their favorite team and players and having the opportunity to talk to many of the guys I was in the stands watching a season before was a surreal experience and I am thankful for every moment I got to meet and talk to those guys.

I have to thank the Islanders organization and their media staff for the opportunity I had this season and how helpful they were throughout the season.  Also have to give a shout out to all the great writers and bloggers I met this season, hockey has some of the nicest and best writers in sports.

While the season may be over for the Isles continue to check out Islanders Hockey Blog for great offseason stories that you all will enjoy.