There isn’t much to write about the Islanders in the middle of the summer, especially when August comes, so for now (if I can keep up with it) I’ll be posting what I believe to be some of the top Islanders stories from the previous week by other Islanders sites. They will not be just from the credentialed bloggers as I also value passion in regular fan’s writing while it also gives Islanders fans a different perspective. One of the bigger topics from this past week was the idea of sending Ryan Strome and Anders Lee down to the minors to start the season. If you didn’t read mine, just go back to the last article on this site. Here are reactions from a few others about the demotion idea:
2) I keep hearing it, and I do not think the Islanders should restrict Ryan Strome and/or Anders Lee to the AHL at the start of the 2014-15 season. It just wouldn’t make sense. Sure, they have to earn their spots with the Islanders, but shouldn’t “veteran players?” I mean, it’s one thing if the veterans earn their spots, but Strome and Lee shouldn’t be AHL-bound just because of their contract status. Last season, the Isles did the same with Peter Regin and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, and that was a mistake.
For quite a while there was a reluctance to bring in veterans because they’d take playing time away from the youngsters. That’s all we heard about for several years. And in Ryan Strome, Griffin Reinhart and Anders Lee, the Islanders have three significant pieces of their future puzzle. If they’re going to be a big part of this team’s core and they have enough to get by at the NHL level right now, they need to be on the team; plain and simple.
Art Staple on Ryan Strome’s future:
Really, though, the reason he was among the kids again was simply a reminder to Strome, the Isles’ 2011 first-round pick and widely regarded top young player: Nothing is given. With 16 forwards under contract and two months until the real training camp begins, Strome understands quite well that his status in the organization means nothing once September rolls around.
Dominik from Light House Hockey had a great article about life without Islanders owner Charles Wang
Isles Blog gives their top 5 players under the most pressure for this coming year
Isles Nation and the importance of Nassau Coliseum being a tough place to play again