Isles Talk Prospect Report: The Graduates

Welcome to the final installment of the Isles Talk Prospect Report and in this piece, we’ll be discussing the gradates of 2019. What is required for graduation? They must be drafted by the Islanders and complete their entry-level contracts. This criteria was only accomplished by three players: Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier. For the graduates I’ll go over their stats, where I rank them among other graduates…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: Professionals

The third installment of this years prospect report are the Isles-drafted players currently playing in their entry-level contract. Making it this far after juniors or college is a big step, but to make it to the big show may take a few years for some and the players or they are still trying to find their niche in the professional leagues, so this is why I consider entry-level players as…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: College

This is actually a new installment that I’ve put in this year because a few have asked that I include the college players. While I have absolutely no problem doing this, I wanted to explain why I have not done so in the past. These college players are only drafted by the Islanders, and most of the time college players will not get contracts from the big club after their…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: Juniors

I hope everyone (for the most part) enjoyed this season as much as I have and it should give the Islanders fans some optimism for next season. Before any of the potential big free agents can be added, every organization gets to improve on themselves at the NHL draft. The date for the draft is set for June 21st & 22nd and I’m sure you’ll hear a lot of speculation…

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Blog: Zero Expectations

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations The New York Islanders have suffered. Some fans more than others, but have suffered together as a family. They’ve been bent, broken and yet both players and fans are still…

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Blog: Isles Have More Time To Evaluate

So we’ve reached the quarter mark of the NHL season and for many (including myself this early in the year), the New York Islanders are exceeding everyone’s expectations with a 12-9-2 record. Many have asked what should the Isles do at this point of the year? Do/Can they make a trade for more veteran experience to improve the team now? Is bringing up a prospect a good idea after 20+…

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Blog: If The Playoffs Ended Today Because Numbers Never Lie

You’ve heard of this phrase: “If the playoffs ended today…..” It’s annoying for a lot of people throughout the season when this begins. Another phrase the people don’t like is: “The numbers don’t lie….” I’m about to make it worse. I started this last year for fun and it’s why I’m doing it again, but for some teams after the 10 game mark, the playoffs have already ended. Over the…

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Blog: 2018-19 Western Conference Predictions By The Numbers

Can’t have one without the other. It’s the same format as the Eastern Conference and so now, here are my predictions (expectations) for the West. The Core Teams: These are the teams that should make the playoffs: Winnipeg, Nashville, St. Louis, Vegas, San José and Los Angeles. The Central will remain the strongest division in the league and thanks in part to a few injuries, one team falls out and…

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Blog: 2018-19 Eastern Conference Predictions By The Numbers

Every year I write up a different kind of preseason prediction because the upcoming season really is unpredictable. To be honest, this should really be more like an expectation piece than a prediction, but like all kinds of writings like these, take with a grain of salt. What I tend to do is I take info from the last three years of each player and after some simple math and…

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Barry Trotz – What to Expect from our New Coach – from a new writer for Isles Talk

*** Editor’s Note – This article was written by Sophie Flink.  She is a new found Islanders fan – and I will say she did a great job.  You will be seeing her on Isles Talk in the future. *** By Sophie Flink As the Islanders head into the new season with a new head staff and without their star player, all eyes are on Barry Trotz, the new head…

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