Blog: The Professional Prospects

June 20, 2016

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…

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Blog: The Graduating Prospects

June 19, 2016

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…

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Isles Talk Prospects Report

December 12, 2015

As much as I love covering the draft in the early summer, it’s also important for me to continue observing those draft picks as they progress and develop throughout the course of the next year or two. In the case for the New York Islanders some hockey websites include prospects that are in Bridgeport, since their definition of a professional is the NHL. I tend to disagree with that. My…

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Blog: Lubo Out, Brock & Poulin Still Not Signed

July 29, 2015

From Sport.cask.sk: From Lubo himself: “Even before the start of the July transfer window (free agency), I have received a proposal for a contract extension from the Islanders management, but we disagreed. They took the younger players, so they decided to go a different route. The situation is now such that I’m waiting to offer. I had to help with the google translate, but unless there is a plague on…

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Blog: Isles Select Anthony Beauvillier

June 26, 2015

Islanders general manager Garth Snow may have scored another gem in trading up to draft Anthony Beauvillier. He’s labeled as a center but can play left wing as well. He’s the kind of player every coach loves because you can put him in any spot and he’ll do it. He’s very smart and can read plays very well. He’s lightning quick and as I have stated before can play any…

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Blog: Isles Select Mathew Barzal

June 26, 2015

The New York Islanders pulled a trade that didn’t necessarily catch fans off guard, but it was what the Isles got in return that was pure magic by general manager Garth Snow. The Islanders traded 2012 4th overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this years draft. My thoughts: Snow looked at me straight in the eyes a few weeks back…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Erik Foley

June 25, 2015

Erik Foley is quite possibly the biggest risk/reward player the Islanders could take with the 72nd pick. He doesn’t turn 18 until June 30th, which makes him one of the youngest players in this years draft. Foley barely has the size to play in the AHL, but he’s committed to Providence College nest year so if the Islanders were to draft him, he could marinate in the college ranks for…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Mitchell Stevens

June 25, 2015

Up next is my second to last, higher reward/risk “educated guess” that the Islanders may use with their 72nd or 82nd pick: Mitchell Stevens. When I read about Stevens I get a mix of a bigger Jason Blake, with Michael Peca leadership in my head. He’s speedy and can create some points on the breakaway. He can kill penalties and if the Isles can find a “Dave Scatchard” compliment for…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Stephen Desrocher

June 25, 2015

Okay folks, it’s a new scenario: Garth Snow cannot make a trade to move up in the draft and he has to pick at number 72. For me, this is like trying to hit my target riding a horse backwards and blindfolded. No clue. But since I’ve been covering the draft since 2008, I’m usually pretty good at picking the right player in the correct round. For example, some players…

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