Blog: Lubo Out, Brock & Poulin Still Not Signed

July 29, 2015

From Sport.cask.sk: From Lubo himself: “Even before the start of the July transfer window (free agency), I have received a proposal for a contract extension from the Islanders management, but we disagreed. They took the younger players, so they decided to go a different route. The situation is now such that I’m waiting to offer. I had to help with the google translate, but unless there is a plague on…

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Blog: Isles Select Anthony Beauvillier

June 26, 2015

Islanders general manager Garth Snow may have scored another gem in trading up to draft Anthony Beauvillier. He’s labeled as a center but can play left wing as well. He’s the kind of player every coach loves because you can put him in any spot and he’ll do it. He’s very smart and can read plays very well. He’s lightning quick and as I have stated before can play any…

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Blog: Isles Select Mathew Barzal

June 26, 2015

The New York Islanders pulled a trade that didn’t necessarily catch fans off guard, but it was what the Isles got in return that was pure magic by general manager Garth Snow. The Islanders traded 2012 4th overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this years draft. My thoughts: Snow looked at me straight in the eyes a few weeks back…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Erik Foley

June 25, 2015

Erik Foley is quite possibly the biggest risk/reward player the Islanders could take with the 72nd pick. He doesn’t turn 18 until June 30th, which makes him one of the youngest players in this years draft. Foley barely has the size to play in the AHL, but he’s committed to Providence College nest year so if the Islanders were to draft him, he could marinate in the college ranks for…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Mitchell Stevens

June 25, 2015

Up next is my second to last, higher reward/risk “educated guess” that the Islanders may use with their 72nd or 82nd pick: Mitchell Stevens. When I read about Stevens I get a mix of a bigger Jason Blake, with Michael Peca leadership in my head. He’s speedy and can create some points on the breakaway. He can kill penalties and if the Isles can find a “Dave Scatchard” compliment for…

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Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Stephen Desrocher

June 25, 2015

Okay folks, it’s a new scenario: Garth Snow cannot make a trade to move up in the draft and he has to pick at number 72. For me, this is like trying to hit my target riding a horse backwards and blindfolded. No clue. But since I’ve been covering the draft since 2008, I’m usually pretty good at picking the right player in the correct round. For example, some players…

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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: Ryan Pilon

June 24, 2015

Up next on Isles Talk is a defenseman who should go early in the second round, but may slip quite a bit if other general managers have a personal preference, Ryan Pilon. Yes he is related to former Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon, as Ryan is Rich’s nephew. Their games are very different: Rich was known for the hitting and intimidating, while Ryan plays a clam, more defensive style. He doesn’t…

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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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