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Are The Islanders This Years Avalanche?

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From Sean McIndoe of SportsNet

Warning signs on the dashboard: John Tavares. I mean, this should be done by now, shouldn’t it? Heading into the off-season, we were assured that the Islanders were going to either extend their franchise player for as long as possible or, failing that, explore moving him. Instead, nothing seems to be happening, and it’s starting to feel possible that no news is bad news.
We tend to talk way too much about distractions in the sports world, but this year’s Islanders feel like a team where it could actually apply. If Tavares heads into the season without a deal and suddenly every minor thing that happens starts turning into a referendum on the team’s long-term future, things could get ugly.

Blog: Two Questions To Be Answered

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Since the NHL expansion draft, the New York Islanders have made some moves over the last few weeks to slightly show many fans that the time to go further than just the first round is now and that the salary cap is a key factor heading into this season. There were some moves that I was expecting and then their were some surprises. So since we’re now into the middle of July and where down to what I like to call “water cooler” talk, there are two questions that need to be answered: Are the Islanders a better team than from season’s end? The second, do I think the Islanders are done trading? This article will cover items such as my thoughts on the expansion draft, the NHL draft, any trades that were made and the coaching staff additions and after going over all of them, you should have a better picture and maybe an answer or two concerning the season.

The Expansion Draft

Path To The Draft 2017: The Isles Graduates of 2012

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We conclude our Path to the Draft segment with a final look of the prospects that were drafted five years ago, 2012. This was an odd year for sure as Islanders general manager Garth Snow drafted all defenseman that year, but it turned out to have a bigger impact than most would have thought. All together, seven defenseman were selected and all but one have played at least in the AHL. Two players have seen the NHL, but that number is sure to go up. For this segment some players are ranked but the others will not be because they are no longer in the organization. So let’s review the draft class of 2012:

1. Griffin Reinhart 2. Ville Pokka 3. Adam Pelech 4. Loic Leduc 5. Doyle Somerby 6. Jesse Graham 7. Jake Bischoff

5. Doyle Somerby D 125th overall in 2012
4. Loic Leduc D 103rd overall in 2012
3. Jesse Graham D 155th overall in 2012

Path To The Draft 2017: Islanders Professional Prospects

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In this next segment of the Path To The Draft, we’ll be going over five players who have a distinct theme this coming year. A few years back many Islanders fans were wondering who was going to replace Brian Strait as the 7th defenseman. My response was always Scott Mayfield. It was an easy replacement, so this next group of professionals (players too old for juniors, but not yet ready for the NHL at the start of this past year) I will simply coin “The replacements.” Believe me this is a good thing folks. When you have 5-6 players who are in the minors on the cusp of replacing regular Islanders players, something is going right.

Path To The Draft 2017: Junior Isles Prospects

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As we get closer to the draft in a few weeks, Isles Talk will be going over prospects already in the system, analyze several prospective players the New York Islanders could choose with the 15th overall pick, and then create a mock draft to guess which player the Isles will indeed pick. I have already stated in a previous blog that this month might be one of the biggest in franchise history, so it’s important to look at what the Islanders have in their system before deciding who to select in Chicago. Starting off our draft month are the junior prospects, players who were drafted either in 2015 or 2016 and who will be ranked according to my opinion of their development and not their potential as I feel potential can only go so far when it comes to actually becoming an Islander. I have the top 5 players in the junior prospects category, but I must add, this could have been a longer list.

Offseason Moves Begins Now For Isles

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Welcome back everyone and welcome to one of my favorite hockey times of the year, the NHL draft. Whether the Islanders end up last in the NHL or win the Stanley Cup, I love covering the weeks before this event because I have always been a believer of building a championship through the draft. I’ve spent the last month and a half researching potential Islanders draft picks to go along with current ones in the farm system. Over the next three weeks I will cover the expansion draft and who may go and who could be traded. Also during this month I’ll be going over my rankings of current Islanders prospects: the Graduates, the Professionals and the Juniors.

Worcester Becomes New ECHL Home For Isles

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From the New York Islanders:

“We are excited to partner with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club as our new ECHL affiliate and bring professional hockey back to an already established hockey city. The proximity of having our ECHL team within driving distance from Bridgeport and the Islanders is a definite benefit. The Railers great ownership group, led by Cliff Rucker, has set a platform for our prospects to develop their game in their brand new practice facility, Worcester Ice Center facility. We’ve had several members of the current Islanders team play games in the ECHL and look forward to continuing that trend with the Railers.” – Garth Snow

Blog: Let’s Play Catch Up & Speculate

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Since there hasn’t been much news on the Islanders front, I’m taking multiple stories from the last few weeks and putting it all on one piece. I’ll also add an interesting twist to the expansion draft for Islanders fans.

Berube Not Returning

This really isn’t a shock to me, but I did have higher hopes for him. He basically pulled a Kevin Poulin and failed to take the reins while Jaroslav Halak was in the minors. Had he performed, you were probably looking at the next backup for the New York Islanders and maybe even a future starter. Having the three-goalie system did not help matters, but when you’re given an opportunity, you don’t waste it.

Isles Talk Season in Review: A Year Of Transistion

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Every franchise goes through a transitional period. Some start as a rebuilding team and after a few years, they begin to improve and reach another stage in the organizations development, such as just making it to the playoffs on a regular basis. Then another period occurs when the team makes the playoffs more often or wins the division or finally gets to another round. There’s another transitional period when as a fan, you know your team is going after the Stanley Cup. Expectations are high, there’s a ton of optimism to begin the season and you’re ready to challenge any team that comes into your home arena.

Short Blog Q & A: The Day After

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As the Islanders clean out their lockers today there are a few questions that fans want answered heading into this offseason. So before the season in review comes out, let’s answer a few of those questions. ****These answers are my own opinion and does not reflect Isles Talk’s overall view****

Does Garth Snow return as GM? Yes

Will John Tavares sign with the Islanders? Yes

Will the Islanders come out with plans for a new arena during the offseason? Yes

Will the Islanders get Matt Duchene this summer? No

Who will the Islanders lose in the expansion draft this year? de Haan, Hickey or Halak

WGBB Talks With Brendan Burke & Alan Fuehring

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WGBB hosts Gary Harding, John Panarese and John Sweeney talk to New York Islanders play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke during the first half of the show and the voice of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Alan Fuehring. The guys talk about the Islanders previous road trip, what’s to come for the remainder of the season with Brendan and the impact of Jaroslav Halak and Josh Ho-Sang being promoted to the big club with Alan. Alan also discusses who Islanders fans could see in the future including Devon Toews. Just click here to listen to the podcast and enjoy.

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Blog: Ho-Sang’s Work Ethic, Commitment Is Rewarded

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With the trade deadline over and the New York Islanders failed attempt at landing Matt Duchene now in the rear-view mirror, they managed to make one minor move by calling up recent AHL player of the month, Josh Ho-Sang, for the remaining six games on what is a franchise record nine-game road trip. According to reports, Ho-Sang will play and get top six or top nine minutes. He’s come a long way from over sleeping in his first Isles training camp. He’s grown as a person and as a player and it is starting to show on the score sheet. He scored 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points in the month of February. His total for the season is 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in 48 games. So for the month of February, he’s been able to rack up half of his points in one month.

Standings & How It Affects Trade Market

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So the Islanders and the rest of the NHL have reached the 60 game mark of the season and this is where teams will decide to either throw in the towel or decide to take a risk. However with the standings as close as they are, you might see a few teams become buyers and sellers this year. How does this affect the Isles? Let’s take a look at the rest of the NHL.

First the East. You should have penciled in the Capitals, Penguins, Rangers and Blue Jackets about three months ago. I think it’s safe to put the Senators in and the Canadiens as well, but their lost to the Isles last night really showed that Montreal needs a change and they needed it a month ago. When you talk about a need, it’s at center. It’s been that way for a while. Look for them to take care of that by the end of the weekend. Here’s the rest of the east(again, for just a little while longer, by point pace):

Atlantic

3. Toronto: 93
4. Panthers 92
5. Boston: 91

Metro

Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Jordan Eberle

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From Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports Network:

Hockey Insider Darren Dreger had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked what he’s been hearing on the Eberle front.

“Not a lot, to be honest,” said Dreger. “I would say a month  or so – maybe six weeks ago – there was some tire-kicking. I know that there were three teams that were calling Peter Chiarelli in Edmonton, but no one really willing to jump and take the bait. I believe that the Islanders were one of those teams. But obviously it didn’t go anywhere.

“And the last time I checked with Chiarelli, which was last week – late last week – he said that things had cooled on Eberle. And that’s not to say that there’s no interest in Eberle or that Edmonton has taken him off the market. It’s just maybe kind of a dull time.

Which Islanders Team Shows Up Before The Deadline

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The next nine games are all on the road for the New York Islanders. If this were the last three or four years, I’d be a little more optimistic. One thing is for sure, if the Islanders don’t rack up at least nine points, they’re going to need other teams like Toronto, Boston and Philadelphia to lose and lose often. So let’s go over which Islanders team may show up for at least the next three games as there is a four-day break in between the third and fourth games and of course, the March 1st trade deadline. So the first three opponents are Detroit tonight, Montreal and Columbus.

Blog: The Sellers Becoming A Reality Soon

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With the Islanders win last night over the New Jersey Devils, you may want to draw a line above a few teams that you may feel are probably not going to make the playoffs, even though they’re technically still in it. Once you’ve drawn that line, the upcoming trade deadline drama will begin to heat up. To do that let’s take a look at the current standings. Again, this is going by the percentages or my point pace.

Atlantic

3. Florida 92
4. Toronto 92
5. Boston 92
6. Sabres 85
7. Tampa 85
8. Detroit 81

Blog: Islanders & Leafs On Similiar Paths To Playoffs

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You wouldn’t know it, but the New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the verge of writing a similar chapter to their respective stories as they enter the final stretch of the NHL regular season. Except for the annoying articles about John Tavares leaving the Isles to go play for the Maple Leafs, it’s the younger players from both teams that are making the most news and are generating excitement in both New York and Toronto. To start the season, many did not have the Maple Leafs making the playoffs and the Islanders were at best a bubble team. Now as both teams square off for game 55, it’s the Leafs and Islanders that are on pace for a playoff spot and ready and eager to possibly upset one of the higher seeded teams. Let’s compare shall we?

Blog: Welcome To The Trade Deadline

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It’s that time of year boys and girls. It’s when some teams begin to throw in the towel and prepare for next season. It’s also a time when teams will load up on rental players in the hopes of a long Stanley Cup run. Welcome to the trade deadline window folks. Before we get into who’s in/out and which players may go, let’s simplify the standings a bit a see who else is still in the playoff race. So not counting tonight’s games, I took the point pace standings after the Islanders played their 51st game and these were the results in a nutshell.

In the playoffs for the East in order: Washington (121), Columbus (114), Pittsburgh (114), Rangers (106) Montreal (103) Ottawa (98)

From here on out, unless there is a plague, you can pretty much pencil those teams in and consider them buyers.

Blog: Islanders Will Need A ’13 Season With A Better ’94 Ending

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With a run that I had hoped for (6-1-2 in their last 9), the New York Islanders look to be in the playoff race for the duration of the regular season, pending nothing tragic happens to their star players. As I continue to look at the standings, I can’t help but think back to the shortened season of 2013, where the Islanders found themselves without much help from their backup goalies and had to ride solely on their aging starter. Move forward in time and the Islanders seem to be in a similar situation, but I’ll add a little more drama to further my point. In all actuality, this really feels like 1994 all over again where it may take the last game of the season to clinch the last playoff berth.

Isles Talk Rumor Roundup: Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Strome & Jaro Halak

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