Blog: Believe In The Potential, Not The Hype

October 25, 2016

For years during the rebuild, the New York Islanders have struggled to find goaltending and depth. Three summers ago they signed Jaroslav Halak to a four-year deal and he became the undisputed number one goalie. Last year, the Islanders signed Thomas Greiss to a two-year deal and he not only filled in admirably, he helped John Tavares and the Islanders advance to the second round of the playoffs for the…

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My Thoughts On Mayfield Extension

July 13, 2016

From the New York Islanders: BROOKLYN (July 12, 2016) – The New York Islanders announced today that Scott Mayfield has agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Mayfield, 23, appeared in six games with the Islanders last season, compiling 11 penalty minutes and scoring his first NHL goal. The St. Louis, MO, native spend the majority of the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League, scoring…

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Sound Tigers Add Depth

July 6, 2016

From Soundtigers.com Bridgeport, Conn. (July 5, 2016) – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced today that forwards Kellen Jones, Josh Winquist and Aaron Berisha, as well as defenseman Luke Juha have agreed to terms on one-year American Hockey League contracts. My Take: Just some decent depth signings by Snow and just another sign that he’s busy with both clubs and not just the Islanders. Make no mistake, this year is going…

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Blog: Who Will Still Be There At 19?

June 22, 2016

We’ve gone over the prospects in the New York Islanders organization and now it’s time to see who might be joining them starting on Friday at 7pm. In earlier years I would write about 10-15 different prospects leading up to the draft. By Friday morning, I’d predict who the Islanders would take in their respective slots. This year, I’m narrowing it down to five players. Mind you, I’m not necessarily…

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Blog: The Barzal Effect

June 21, 2016

Part three of the Prospects are the ones who are not yet old enough or talented to make it to the professional teams. With another year of development, each of these players should be making their way to either Bridgeport or the Islanders in the near future. I’ve selected five players who will either see time in Bridgeport next year or may just make the Islanders sooner than later. Now…

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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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Lesson Of The Day: Don’t Assume Anything

December 15, 2015

The last couple of days have gone by and with the New York Islanders continuing their winning ways as they have moved ahead of the New York Rangers in the standings. Their defeat of the New Jersey Devils should have been an easy one to pick, but not because of their winning streak. The Islanders did not have to play against Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique, two forwards who are…

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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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Welcome to the Barclay Center

The prospects of the New York Islanders and Islanders fans had the chance to witness hockey for the first time in Brooklyn. The Islanders prospects hit the ice for the scrimmage game in front of 6,311 fans. The arena was packed with people who were there to see the upcoming prospects like: Michael Dal Colle, Matthew Barzal and Joshua Ho-Sang play. Walking into the Barclay Center, you could tell that the…

July 9, 2015
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