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Rookie camp beings tomorrow, as we are now officially under 30 days to go until the regular season begins. At 29 on the countdown is an Islanders Hall of Famer, Kenny Jonsson.Jonsson is the epitome of a good player who got stuck playing in a bad era of Islanders hockey, but in the end he would help the team make the playoffs. He joined the team in the 1995-96 season at the deadline along with Darby Hendrickson, Sean Haggerty and a first round pick (Roberto Luongo in 1997) in a trade that sent Wendel Clark, Mathieu Schnieder and DJ Smith to Toronto.The Swede would become a pillar of the Islanders blueline and a player that Mike Milbury actually liked and didn't trade. Jonsson would spend 9 years on the Islanders blueline and finally in his sixth full season with the team, they would make the playoffs in 2001-02. Jonsson had ten goals that season and was a career high +15. The Islanders would again make the playoffs the next two seasons before the 2004 lockout killed an entire season. At 30 years old, Jonsson signed with Rogle in the Swedish league and would stay for good, even when the lockout came to an end.29Hector Marini (1979-1982)Gerald Diduck (1985-1986)Ken Leiter (1987-1988)Mark Fitzpatrick (1989)Joe Reekie (1990-1992)Jamie McLennan (1994-1996)Kenny Jonsson (1998-2004)Petteri Nokelainen (2006)Ben Walter (2008-2009)Jamie Doornbosch (2011)Jay Pandolfo (2012)
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Via Lighthouse Hockey

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqr17fSd8hw&w=480&h=360]

An interesting find from the gang over at LHH is this video the CBC produced that goes inside the NHL in 1997. The video starts with then GM Mike Milbury trying to deal on the phone and then takes us to the the '97 draft where the Islanders have the 4th (Kenny Jonsson trade) and 5th overall picks. The video follows Milbury around -- always looking to make a trade -- as he tries to coax other teams into trading for #5 after taking Roberto Luongo at #4. Despite the video reminding us of some bad times and a bad GM, it's still a very interesting behind the scenes look at how the league operates. It's also 45 minutes long, so there's also a lot more to it than just the Islanders.

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