Patrick Marleau

Ex-exec reveals Islanders pursued trade for Sharks' Marleau 1997 pick

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Can you imagine Patrick Marleau on the New York Islanders?

It could’ve happened if the Islanders had their way, according to their then-assistant general manager Mike Santos.

Going into the 1997 Draft, the San Jose Sharks had the No. 2 pick, while the Islanders had the No. 4 and 5 selections.

Joe Thornton and Marleau were the consensus one-two picks that year.

“We were trying to find a way to move around to see if we could somehow snag Marleau,” Santos revealed on a recent episode of the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast. “We couldn’t get it done. I’m sure we were one of many teams to try to get into that spot.

The Boston Bruins took Thornton No. 1, the San Jose Sharks followed with Marleau, the Los Angeles Kings selected Olli Jokinen, and the Islanders went with Roberto Luongo and Eric Brewer.

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