Long before the knock on the door of his south Florida home this past summer from Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini Roberto Luongo had another draft-day surprise.

It came courtesy of his original NHL team the New York Islanders who the Canucks meet here on Tuesday night.

It was the early summer of 2000 and Luongo had just completed his rookie season with the Islanders the team that three years earlier had selected him fourth overall in the draft. Luongo had played 24 games that season and figured he was on the way to establishing himself as a regular with the team.

But the Islanders specifically then general manager Mike Milbury had other ideas. Milbury whose team had the No. 1 pick in that year's draft was smitten with American goalie Rick DiPietro and decided to deal Luongo and use that top pick to grab DiPietro.

"They traded me right before the draft" Luongo says. "I got the call just before the draft started. I actually got a call about an hour before that to tell me they had traded Kevin Weekes who was the other (Islander) goalie so I thought 'Oh good I'll have a chance to start this year.' And then an hour later I get the call that I was traded too."

Luongo and Olli Jokinen were dealt to the Florida Panthers for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. That lopsided trade is just one of many reasons why Milbury is now talking about hockey as a TV analyst and not running a team.

Asked why he thinks things didn't work out with the Islanders Luongo smiles and says: ""I could throw a name out there" he says referring to Milbury. " He was the GM there and he was big I guess on puck-handling goaltenders and DiPietro was in the draft and he decided he wanted to go with that. That was his view and what can you do about that."

Luongo hasn't talked to Milbury since that trade and really doesn't sound like he'd be interested in discussing what is now ancient history.

"Nope" he says. "I've never seen him. I've seen him on TV but that's it."

Luongo says he hasn't let the sour ending on Long Island spoil what are some good memories. Although Luongo was only four years old when the Islanders won the last of their four straight Stanley Cups he was aware of the team's rich history and names like Mike Bossy Bryan Trottier Denis Potvin and Billy Smith.

"Sure they had won a bunch of Cups in a row and had all those great players" he says. "At the time I was just excited to be drafted into the NHL to be honest with you. I didn't know where I was going to go. I just remember hearing my name and my stomach being in knots."

That Islander history was always staring Luongo right in the face when he played at the old and now even older Nassau County Coliseum.

"They have got all the banners up there and pictures of all the guys so there is definitely a lot of history. And they have very passionate fans. Obviously they went through some tough years attendance-wise but now that the team is improving they are coming back."

They may be coming back but to start the 2015-16 season the Islanders will be moving into the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"It's exciting for that franchise." Luongo says. "We all know what the Nassau Coliseum is like so it's nice that they are going to be in a brand new building and will attract more people."

During his less than one full season with the Islanders a then 20-year-old Luongo didn't really see much of the bright lights of New York City.

"I spent most of time there at the Long Island Marriott so that was my New York experience as far as that goes" says Luongo who on Monday night slept again at that same hotel with his Canuck teammates. "At time I was 18 19 20 and I was just excited to be part of a NHL team go to training camp and obviously when I was 20 make the team."