Isles Talk Season Predictions Part 1

Happy Hockey Season Everyone!! With rosters set for the teams to start the season, it’s time to see where your team will finish in the Eastern Conference at the end of the race (We just got here and we’re already looking for an ending. Always thought that was weird). I do these things a little differently than most. I have teams broken down into a few categories: Basement Dwellers, Sophomore…

October 1, 2013
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And Then There Were Five

So with a few preseason games in the books, the New York Islanders have a few more days to tinker with the system and experiment with players at different spots. The learning of the powerplay and penalty killing is crucial this time of year for everyone. But for me, I’m more concerned about which young player remains on the big club. As of this writing, there are five remaining: Brock…

September 25, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Carolina Hurricanes

CAROLINA HURRICANES OUT: D JOE CORVO; C JUSSI JOKINEN IN: D ANDREI SEKERA; C NATHAN GERBE; G ANTON KHUDOBIN LAST YEARS RECORD: 19-25-4 42 POINTS; 13TH IN CONFERENCE For me and probably others, the Hurricanes are probably the most difficult team to figure out at every start of the season. They seemed to look good on paper or have a legit chance for the playoffs then poof! they’re gone before you know…

September 21, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Metro Division Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

  COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS   OUT: NONE!!   IN: W NATHAN HORTON; C  JACK SKILLE   LAST YEARS RECORD: 24-17-7 55 POINTS 9TH IN WEST If there is one team that scares me in this new division, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets. Why? No one is really treating them as a threat and they should be. This team did very well despite missing the playoffs and they did not lose…

September 21, 2013
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Isles Talk 2013-14 Preseason Review: Metro Division- Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS   2013-14 ROSTER CHANGES OUT: C Daniel Briere; L Simon Gagne; R Mike Knuble; G Ilya Bryzgalov IN: D Mark Streit; G Ray Emery; C Vincent Lacavalier LAST YEARS RECORD: 23-22-3 49 points 10th in the Conference; 4th in Atlantic Division   Being in Pennsylvania gives me a slight advantage over my colleagues of getting more press about both the Penguins and Flyers. However, to their advantage, they…

September 12, 2013
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2013-14 Isles Season Preview: Forwards

Ah, it’s that time of year again Islanders fans. Welcome back for the 2013-1014 Islanders season. It’s always a pleasure working with Gary, John & Toby here at Isles Talk and I look forward to our future writing endeavors. Speaking of the future, I have the fun task of previewing the Islanders forwards for this upcoming season, so without further adieu, let’s take a closer look at your future 2013-1014…

August 29, 2013
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Kevin Poulin: The Unknown Goaltender

Being someone who works in the behavioral field, I can tell why some people don’t like the unknown. When they don’t see/hear enough of this unknown, they assume (You know what they say about assuming). They don’t like someone/something because they don’t understand. When they do understand, they give this unknown a label or a name. They feel more comfortable knowing what it is.  For most Islanders fans, that’s how…

July 24, 2013
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Final Thoughts For 2013 Isles

Now that the draft and free agency period is, for the most part, finished with the Islanders, it’s time to briefly look back at the 2013 New York Islanders. Despite it being a short season, it was a good experience, not just for the players, but the fans as well.  It was a step in the right direction, but what most Islanders fans need to realize is that nothing is…

July 10, 2013
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With the 15th Pick, Islanders Select…..

June 28, 2013

Ryan Pulock. Why in the Hockey Gods would I pick another defenseman after what Garth Snow did last year? Because in three years time, there may not be a better offensive defenseman in this organization than Pulock. A great player on a bad team and with some international experience, he falls right where the Islanders and quite a few other would love to take him. From what I’ve been told…

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Draft Preview # 2: Valentin Zykov

Zykov comes in at Number 2 so far because if the Islanders were to trade down, they would probably get another pick, (second rounder), and then draft a player like Zykov. An under-the-radar threat, Zykov is an already built winger who uses his big size to his advantage when taking punishment in front of the net and in the corners. In other words, Matt Moulson, only bigger. Maybe Todd Bertuzzi?…

June 28, 2013
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