Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Nicolas Meloche

June 25, 2015

If there was a player that reminded me of Travis Hamonic, it’s Nicolas Meloche. He’s a big, physical defenseman who can put points up on the board and is very competitive. He’s not going to let you into his area without you getting hurt. He’s got a very good slap shot and is a sound defenseman in his own end. Why is this player available in the second, possibly third…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Gabriel Gagne

June 25, 2015

Just chalk up another “swing for the fences” prospect that I found that the Islanders may draft on Saturday. Gagne is another power forward winger who needs time to mature into his body and if he takes the initiative, will be a top 6 winger in the NHL. I’ve read from many sites that he reminds them of Benoit Pouliot. He has shown early on the ability to score but…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Caleb Jones

June 24, 2015

Next in my list of possible second round picks the Isles could select is Caleb Jones. Caleb is the younger brother to Seth of the Nashville Predators. Due to some issues I have with the Isles selecting the brothers of NHL stars (Lindros, Toews etc. with the exceptions being Sutters and Potvins) I’m not sure how I would feel about this move. However, Jones already possesses AHL size and will…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Travis Dermott

June 23, 2015

Now I shall move onto the next phase of the 2015 Isles Talk draft preview and shift my focus to this scenario: What if the Islanders acquired a mid second rounder to a high third? I’m not speculating how they got there, just to go ahead and pick out players who could be in that category. Enter Travis Dermott. For now, if I could describe Dermott it would be like…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Daniel Sprong

June 23, 2015

Next on my list is my “Kyle Okposo” pick. If for whatever reason Okposo is indeed traded and the Islanders land in the late first, early second rounds, and it’s between Bracco and Sprong, Daniel Sprong should get picked. He’s probably my biggest boom/bust choice because the ceiling is quite high for him. He’s got decent size and a good scoring touch with great speed, but like Bracco without the…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Jeremy Bracco

June 23, 2015

When it comes to the NHL draft, you think of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. The trick is to find that one player, that one diamond in the rough because after those two aforementioned players because it’s very unpredictable. If the Islanders somehow acquire a low first round or a high second round pick in this years draft, the Islanders may have scored a huge hit if they draft Bracco….

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview

June 21, 2015

The end of the Stanley Cup playoffs means that the NHL draft is not too far away. To be specific, the draft is this coming Friday, June 26th in Sunrise Florida. In years past I have usually spent more time on the draft because the Islanders were usually picking in the top 7 of the first rounds, save for 2013. This year however is a completely different draft. As of…

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Blog: Q & A With Islanders GM Garth Snow

May 19, 2015

On May 18th 2015, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow sat down with the members of the Islanders Booster Club for a little Q & A session. The mood was light, the atmosphere was calm, and it felt like a family reunion with no yelling, screaming, or anything else that would ruin the occasion. Despite the early first round exit, the Islanders did record their first +100 point season…

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Blog: Coming Of Age For Calvin de Haan

May 17, 2015

During the New York Islanders rebuild if there was one player on defense where fans would scratch their heads and say “why him?” it’s defenseman Calvin de Haan. It was bad enough for fans at the 2008 draft where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow traded down several picks and selected Josh Bailey when winger Nikita Filatov was clearly available, but he made another bizarre move in 2009 by trading up…

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Final Thoughts of the 2014-15 Isles and Moving On

May 5, 2015

I’m very late so I will make this this brief and try not to beat a horse that has been dead for a while now. Here are just a few final thoughts about the 2014-15 New York Islanders season and moving forward in the offseason. The overall season: The Islanders finished the regular season with 101 points. I barely recall the last time that happened. I loved the amount of…

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