**9:49 am Sunday Edit: Okay, for NYI Fan Central, Yes, I mean Chris Botta. However, I also mean Jeff Marek. Happy now? And yes... I'm a nice lady. And I obviously don't do things to garner hits or pad my stats. Hell, I'm also the only jerk who has not monetized my site because I just can't stand stupid freakin' ads popping up when I head to a website.
I have been having an issue with this for a few years now even though some of those I've had an issue with I actually like. That's SOME. Others -- not so much. But that's okay because those people don't like me very much either. And that's fine.
I've tried to discuss the situation calmly and professionally and have been able to do so with a few Hockey writers, but some are just bitter and mean.
By now you're wondering what the freak am I talking about.
Well, I'm talking about the Islanders draft choice of Cody Rosen. It should be a non-issue, don't you think? Not a big deal. A later round pick, a good kid, but not a true hockey pedigree by all statistics. It was of no consequence.
Unless you are the Canadian NHL media -- and maybe even a few from New York.
Using a draft pick on a prospect that will never see the big league is not something so completely unheard of that the Islanders should be questioned and chastised for the act.
Years ago an NHL prospect who was found to have a heart issue and could no longer continue his career was chosen just to have the experience. Just last week, in the NFL draft, Eric LeGrand was drafted by the Bucs.
Okay, the drafting of Cody Rosen doesn't really come close to those other two if you think that Cody, doesn't have the same hardships as those two I just mentioned.
But should he become someone who will find his name on the Internet called out all the time by NHL writers, bloggers and just plain angry people as the one who should not have been chosen???
Basically, every time you see Cody's name come up it's a question mark.
Why would the Isles chose him? You know because the 185th pick in the 7th round of the 2010 NHL draft was so coveted.
How about this... Leave the kid alone. It doesn't matter why he was chosen. He's a good kid. I've spoken to him face to face. He really, really doesn't deserve this scrutiny or having his name come up in this way all the freakin' time.
And if I was his mother I'd say to these "journalists" and NHL pundits 'SHAME ON YOU!!' Shame on you for dragging this kid though the ringer so you can pontificate and insult. It's not fair and it really should stop.
It should stop NOW.