Well, except for actually winning the Cup.
Pretend the first half of the season never happened and we're in September right now. Hickey doesn't make the team out of training camp, and the Kings want to assign him to Manchester. Because of the year he was drafted, he has to pass through waivers to go there. The Islanders claim him while he's on the way down.
That's the exact same situation we're in right now. The lockout just added a few nuances to it.
Islanders held their first training camp scrimmage vs. their AHL team and Hickey wore #14 and was paired with Matt Carkner. According to a couple posters on HFBoards, Hickey was exactly as advertised. Skated well, moved the puck and was positionally sound.
If you are going to make such a large gamble on a 4th pick it better work.
I'm pretty sure a part of this is DL setting him free for his own good as well. It's the class thing to do for a kid with his skills and smarts.
Pending any move while Mitchell is out, the defense will probably be:
Muzzin/Greene pairing is tough. I like it.
Pretty safe assumption, then, that when Mitchell returns, it will be Drewiske to waivers for the purposes of assigning him to Manchester. No way Muzzin would clear.