A saga finally came to an end this afteroon over in Islanders Country. The New York Islanders 2nd-Round Draft Choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Corey Trivino, pleaded guilty to assaulting a college graduate in her dorm room last winter. For those who aren’t familiar with Trivino, Corey was the leading scorer at Boston University until he was kicked off the team for his actions.
This was not Corey Trivino’s first incident at BU. Last season, Corey was suspended from the team for skipping out on a mandatory bike ride, which was meant to be discipline for an alcohol related incident on St Patrick’s Day 2011.
Now, Corey is out of college and looking for his first NHL contract. Corey, who will be on probation for the next few years, is seeking the highest bidder, but there’s one thing him and his agent forgot to think about: Corey is still property of the New York Islanders.
According to Arthur Staple in two Tweets:
“According to #Isles, Corey Trivino is NOT invited to training camp. He is still team property, but will not be signed or invited. 2008 NHL draft picks who graduate college must be signed by Aug. 15 or become FAs. Since Trivino is ineligible, he is in limbo.”
Apparently, the Islanders and Corey Trivino’s camp have two different ideas of what is happening. Assuming the New York Islanders are right, and Trivino does remain property of the New York Islanders, are the Islanders really going to keep Trivino away from this team? I guess the better question would be this: Should the Islanders keep Corey Trivino away from the team?
Well, I don’t think there is any simple answer. It’s complicated. I mean, the New York Islanders have had other troublesome prospects in their system, but none that have kept up with their nonsense at 22-years old. Trivino has shown zero maturity (if there’s a scale for that) over his past two years at BU, even after he finally got his chance to shine after missing the bulk of his first two years due to injury.
Trivino was expected to be a first-round pick by some in 2008, but there were questions of his character. Some NHL scouts felt he was emotionally unstable going into the draft, and then avoided drafting the talent because of this. Of course, the Islanders gave him a chance, which is 100% in character for a team that has struggled to find any talent from outside of the organization. Trivino was definitely proving the talent was there, as he was leading Hockey East with 13 goals before he was kicked off the team in December.
Obviously, statistics and character are two separate entities. If it were all about talent, Corey Trivino’s status with the Islanders would probably not be in question right now. Is it fair to deem Trivino a failure after making a terrible mistake, though?
I would never defend Trivino’s actions, but is it really about his actions anymore? The Islanders took Trivino in 2008 for his talent, and not the character that was in question. It’s not like there weren’t a few red flags before the Islanders selected him with the 36th overall pick in 2008. Sure, he pleaded guilty for something that is absolutely inexcusable, but it’s over in the sense that it’s time to move on for him, and prove he can better himself.
Corey Trivino, a centre, would probably be the #1 centre going into Bridgeport if he were to sign a contract with the Islanders, and I do think the Islanders should at least extend an invitation to the troubled athlete. If the assumption that he is still Islanders property is accurate, then sure, the Islanders could probably trade him for some jelly-beans, but what good is that for the organization? Again, he was a first-round talent on some scouting reports. The team would need to try to get some value out of their pick.
What sense is it to make him sit for an entire season? The Islanders would get nothing. Trivino’s career would be held back by a team that has no right to play judge. The team has to do what’s right for the Islanders, and if it means giving the kid one shot to prove himself, then do it. Casey Cizikas overcame some serious charges, and it looks like he will have a place on the Islanders one day, if not this year. Kirill Kabanov is loved my Islanders fans, and has become matured throughout his tenure within the organiztaion. Maybe Corey Trivino can do the same. Maybe Corey Trivino can bring his first-round talent to the Island while pushing his troubles behind him.
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