Blog: What Would You Do If You Were Isles GM?

Blog: What Would You Do If You Were Isles GM?

I’ve, talked about the graduates, the professionals and the drafted prospects of the New York Islanders all week long and I’ve given my five players who could be taken at number 19 should the Islanders draft at that spot. Now this is my once-a-year treat where I play arm-chair GM and I try to improve the team while still trying to stick to what Garth Snow could do, meaning keeping things on a budget and not spending all the money and “Going all out” in the end of June. I…

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Blog: Who Will Still Be There At 19?

Blog: Who Will Still Be There At 19?

We’ve gone over the prospects in the New York Islanders organization and now it’s time to see who might be joining them starting on Friday at 7pm. In earlier years I would write about 10-15 different prospects leading up to the draft. By Friday morning, I’d predict who the Islanders would take in their respective slots. This year, I’m narrowing it down to five players. Mind you, I’m not necessarily putting players in here for the sake of what the Islanders need, but who should be around number 19 should…

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Blog: The Barzal Effect

Blog: The Barzal Effect

Part three of the Prospects are the ones who are not yet old enough or talented to make it to the professional teams. With another year of development, each of these players should be making their way to either Bridgeport or the Islanders in the near future. I’ve selected five players who will either see time in Bridgeport next year or may just make the Islanders sooner than later. Now this list could change after this weekend, but I’ll say this now, I don’t think the players ranked first or…

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Blog: The Professional Prospects

Blog: The Professional Prospects

In the second category of prospects that I’ll go over will be five players who are entering or are already into playing professional hockey either in the ECHL, AHL or NHL. The main criteria to this list is potential, who has the best chance at seeing legitimate ice time in the NHL. Let’s get to them. At number 5, Stephon Williams. Williams began his professional career playing in 7 ECHL and 34 AHL games respectively this season. His ECHL stint was a demotion, but he came back with a different/better…

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Blog: The Graduating Prospects

Blog: The Graduating Prospects

Usually around this time of year I am writing up different draft eligible player profiles for Isles Talk and by the morning of the draft, I’ll pick who I believe the Islanders will take. I got pretty good at it in recent years as I have predicted Ryan Pilon, Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Pulock, Griffin Reinhart, Calvin de Haan and I let my pit bull pick John Tavares. That prediction article will be coming up later on this week, but after the Islanders did not have a first round pick,…

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Blog: Ranking The Best Islanders Backup Goaltenders

Blog: Ranking The Best Islanders Backup Goaltenders

Since I started blogging about the New York Islanders back in 2008, I always write at least one article a year stressing the importance of the backup goaltender for this organization. Around that same time I also began writing about the draft and covering it since the Islanders went into the rebuild and that I knew that it would another element for myself and prolong my writing about the Islanders into the summer. For this blog I’m doing both as The Islanders enter this years draft with very few picks,…

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Islanders Season Review And Looking Ahead

Islanders Season Review And Looking Ahead

My sincere apologies for not getting this out earlier as I’ve missed this party of discussions by a week at least, but I wanted to briefly go over the Islanders season and do this in one blog and not analyze each player on the team as I feel there is just no need to do so anymore. As I wrote back in 2014 after the drafting of Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, the Islanders had completed their rebuild of the franchise. It was then time to improve on the…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Yes, the sting of having witnessed the New York Islanders eliminated from the 2016 playoffs a week ago still has not completely subsided in me as of yet. I don’t know exactly why, but I think this time was even sharper a hit to me than the game 7 lackluster effort that ended the Isles playoff run in the first round last season. I have been asked by a few people what my thoughts on the season happen to be. Do I consider the season a “success” or “failure”, or…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

If there is a simple reason why the New York Islanders are facing elimination Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tampa for the 5th game of this series, they need only look collectively in the mirror to find that reason. This series has become one of lost opportunities and one team cashing in on theirs like a playoff ready, battle tested team does in such situations. I really don’t like to jump on the negative train. Those who have read my posts in the past know that I always try…

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The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

I did not notice it when it happened. Being in my office was one reason, and was not seriously looking at the monitor as much as I could. ¬†Also the play happened so fast and was literally out of ‘camera shot’. However, the hit on Thomas Hickey by Brian Boyle was a brutal hit to the head, keeping a defenseman out of the play, as the puck was shot in by the forward that took him out. It has all of the ingredients of a huge downer to the home…

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