Path To The Draft 2017: The Isles Graduates of 2012

June 11, 2017

We conclude our Path to the Draft segment with a final look of the prospects that were drafted five years ago, 2012. This was an odd year for sure as Islanders general manager Garth Snow drafted all defenseman that year, but it turned out to have a bigger impact than most would have thought. All together, seven defenseman were selected and all but one have played at least in the…

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Path To The Draft 2017: Islanders Professional Prospects

June 7, 2017

In this next segment of the Path To The Draft, we’ll be going over five players who have a distinct theme this coming year. A few years back many Islanders fans were wondering who was going to replace Brian Strait as the 7th defenseman. My response was always Scott Mayfield. It was an easy replacement, so this next group of professionals (players too old for juniors, but not yet ready…

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Path To The Draft 2017: Junior Isles Prospects

June 5, 2017

As we get closer to the draft in a few weeks, Isles Talk will be going over prospects already in the system, analyze several prospective players the New York Islanders could choose with the 15th overall pick, and then create a mock draft to guess which player the Isles will indeed pick. I have already stated in a previous blog that this month might be one of the biggest in…

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Worcester Becomes New ECHL Home For Isles

April 28, 2017

From the New York Islanders: “We are excited to partner with the Worcester Railers Hockey Club as our new ECHL affiliate and bring professional hockey back to an already established hockey city. The proximity of having our ECHL team within driving distance from Bridgeport and the Islanders is a definite benefit. The Railers great ownership group, led by Cliff Rucker, has set a platform for our prospects to develop their…

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Blog: Let’s Play Catch Up & Speculate

April 27, 2017

Since there hasn’t been much news on the Islanders front, I’m taking multiple stories from the last few weeks and putting it all on one piece. I’ll also add an interesting twist to the expansion draft for Islanders fans. Berube Not Returning This really isn’t a shock to me, but I did have higher hopes for him. He basically pulled a Kevin Poulin and failed to take the reins while…

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Blog: Ho-Sang’s Work Ethic, Commitment Is Rewarded

March 1, 2017

With the trade deadline over and the New York Islanders failed attempt at landing Matt Duchene now in the rear-view mirror, they managed to make one minor move by calling up recent AHL player of the month, Josh Ho-Sang, for the remaining six games on what is a franchise record nine-game road trip. According to reports, Ho-Sang will play and get top six or top nine minutes. He’s come a…

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Blog: Islanders Long-Term Benefit Of A Calder Cup Run

January 29, 2017

There’s something to be said about going deep into the AHL playoffs. It’s another level of development that the Islanders as an organization have not been able to do since the first year of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Why is this? Welcome to the reality of building through the draft and rushing players into the NHL. There was always this need to bring up the young players because free agency…

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Islanders Prospects Getting Extra Experience

January 9, 2017

Generals trade Mitchell Vande Sompel to London Knights- Read more here https://t.co/qpKeockWOs pic.twitter.com/syrWFwwlyv — Oshawa Generals (@Oshawa_Generals) January 9, 2017 For Vande Sompel, this is more of a home-coming as it is some extra playoff experience as the London Knights are looking to win the OHL once again. The soon to be 20-year-old has had some impressive numbers and should be called upon to be in Bridgeport’s lineup next year….

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Islanders Were Well Represented

January 6, 2017

If you missed the World Junior Championships last night in Montreal, you missed what may have been the greatest junior game….ever. In a hard fought battle, the United States came out victorious over Canada 5-4 in a shootout. There were two prospects who were in this game and represented the possible future of the New York Islanders: USA’s Kieffer Bellows and Canada’s Mathew Barzal. Who did I pick to win?…

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Gary & John Talk With Sound Tigers Voice Alan Fuehring

January 2, 2017

Sports Talk 1240 radio hosts & Isles Talk alumni Gary Harding and John Panarese sat down with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play-by-play announcer Alan Fuehring. They discussed the new goalie situation, how Bracken Kearns and Scott Mayfield are looked upon as leaders on the team, how Ryan Pulock has been playing since coming back from injuries and the rest of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The guys also talk about the…

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