Isles Talk Draft Conclusion: The Isles Fulfilled My Wish List

June 23, 2019

Not since the NHL draft of 2008 have I witnessed a fan base more disappointed in a first round choice. Islanders fans saw one defenseman after another getting picked by teams during the mid first round of the draft and amateurs like myself who ended up doing a wish list instead of a mock draft this year were getting excited for the real possibility of one of our players actually…


Isles Talk #1 Wish List Prospect: Brett Leason

June 21, 2019

Name: Brett Leason Position: RW 2018-19 Team: Prince Albert Raiders Date of Birth: April 30, 1999 Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 201 pounds Shoots: Right Playoff Stats: 22 GP 10 G 15 A 25 PTS Regular Season Stats: 55 GP 36 G 53 A 89 PTS Position: Right Wing Central Scouting: 25 (North American) ISS: 24 Islanders comparison: A middle six Kyle Okposo Here is why Leason is on top of my…


Isles Talk #2 Wish List Prospect: Bobby Brink

June 20, 2019

Name: Bobby Brink Position: RW 2018-19 Team: Sioux City Musketeers Date of Birth: July 8, 2001 Place of Birth: Excelsior, MN, USA Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 163 pounds Shoots: Right Playoff stats: 2 GP 0 G 2 A 2 PTS Regular Season Stats: 43 GP 35 G 33 A 68 PTS Central Scouting: 19 ISS: 22 Islanders Comparison: A better all-around RW Jason Blake This is one of those cases where…


Isles Talk #3 Wish List Prospect: Phillip Tomasino

June 19, 2019

Name: Phillip Tomasino Position: C/RW 2018-19 Team: Niagara IceDogs Date of Birth: July 28, 2001 Height: 5-foot-11.75 Weight: 183 pounds Playoff Stats: 11 GP 4 G 3 A 7 PTS Regular Season Stats: 67 GP 34 G 38 A 72 PTS Central Scouting: 14 NAS ISS: 18 Islander Comparison: What we wanted Ryan Strome to be….. Tomasino started the season off slow but as his responsibilities got bigger, he began…


Isles Talk #4 Wish List Prospect: Arthur Kaliyev

June 18, 2019

Name: Arthur Kaliyev Position: LW 2018-19 Team: Hamilton Bulldogs Date of Birth: June 26, 2001 Place of Birth: Tashkent, Uzbekistan Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 190 lbs. Regular Season: 67 GP 51 G 51 A 102 PTS Playoffs: 4GP 1 G 1 A 2 PTS ISS: 23 Central Scouting: 7 (NA) Islander Comparison: A left wing Ziggy Palffy It’s because of this draft that I believe it’s possible that even though the…


Isles Talk #5 Wish List Prospect: Mathew Robertson

June 17, 2019

Name: Mathew Robertson 2018-19 Team: Edmonton Oil Kings Date of Birth: March 9, 2001 Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 200 pounds Playoff Stats: 16 GP 4 G 4 A 8 PTS Regular Season Stats: 52 GP 7 G 26 A 33 PTS ISS: 17 Central Scouting: 26 NAS Islander potential: a better skating Scott Mayfield I’m not keen on the Islanders drafting a defenseman in the first…


Isles Talk 2019 NHL Draft Top 31 Prospects

June 16, 2019

For those who are new and for the ones who continue to come back every year after the Stanley Cup playoffs are over, this has turned out to be one of my favorite topics to write about and I’ve been doing it for about ten years now (maybe more…Yikes!!). This year is going to be different because the Islanders are drafting at number 23 this year and I must say…


Eberle Returns To Isles

June 14, 2019

From The New York Islanders: “The New York Islanders announced today that forward Jordan Eberle has agreed to terms on a five-year contract. In the two seasons Eberle, 29, has played with the Islanders, he has scored 96 points (44 goals, 52 assists) in 159 games. The Regina, Saskatchewan native scored four goals, including the game-winner in Game 2 of the Islanders Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins….


Brock Nelson Stays With Isles

May 23, 2019

Reports are coming out that Brock Nelson has officially signed with the New York Islanders for 6 years at 6 million a year. My Take: I’m not in love with the term, but the money is decent and we still don’t know if there are no-trade clauses involved. I’ll be blunt, if the Isles can improve on the wingers and their goal total, I need to see 60 points from…


Isles Talk Prospect Report: Overall Rankings

May 22, 2019

Juniors, college players, professional prospects and the graduates were all covered over the last two weeks, but I was asked to give my overall ranking of the players. Ask and you shall receive. We may agree, we may not and that’s okay. The point is to generate some discussion and to try to (literally) guess what moves the Islanders may make this summer, beginning draft week. The way I came…