8:23 PM EDT, June 20, 2009

Approaching one of the most important draft-day decisions in franchise history, Islanders general manager Garth Snow knows exactly what he plans to do with the No. 1 overall pick. But the rest of the world will just have to keep guessing whether it will be John Tavares, Victor Hedman or Matt Duchene until Friday night in Montreal.

If it's Tavares, the pure goal-scorer favored overwhelmingly in polls of Islanders fans, why wouldn't Snow simply announce it ahead of time?

"Because the draft is June 26,'' Snow said.,3414814.story