Isles v Bruins Preview

October 3, 2014

#465519509 / gettyimages.com The New York Islanders take on the Boston Bruins at a sold out Webster Bank Arena for the Isles final preseason game. The Islanders are coming off a shoot out loss to the New Jersey Devils last night. Yes you read that correctly. Here was Jack Capuano after the game: Despite all the drama of who makes the team and the concern over the defense the Islanders…

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Isles “Mindset” Entering Training Camp

As the Islanders officially embark on there final season at Nassau Coliseum, there has not been a more important training camp in recent memory this one. Rebuilding the organization via the draft was completed this past summer with the selection of Josh Ho-Sang.  This summer saw the goaltending and team depth completed through free agency. There are still some questions, but the answers will be coming in a short few weeks with the completion…

September 19, 2014
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Rookie Camp Announced

September 9, 2014

With training camp closely upon us, the New York Islanders have announced their rookie camp will open up this Friday September12th-17th at Nassau Coliseum. The practices will be run by Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach Brent Thompson Players include: Forwards:  Jason Clark, Sebastian Collberg, Victor Crus Rydberg, Michael Dal Colle, Connor Graham, Mike Halmo, Josh Ho-Sang,  Ross Johnston, Anders Lee, John Persson, Alan Quine, Ryan Strome, Johan Sundstrom, Lukas Sutter Defense: Kyle Burroughs, Kevin…

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Stephon Williams – Obtaining the Experience

July 10, 2014

For most developing hockey players that have been drafted by an NHL team, the summer mini-camp is the place for them to show the powers that be – that they are improving and are worthy of the opportunity to grow and develop to be an eventual participant in the National Hockey League.  For 21 year old Stephon Williams, despite the fact of being drafted in the 2013 draft (4th round,…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations About the Draft

Well, it’s here and gone. With all of the build up, the 2014 NHL draft ended yesterday. What was a surprise to me was the lack of any real surprises. I was expected a lot more trade activity, and that included the Islanders. And I’m not talking about swapping draft selections either. There were few trades at all, and Florida, as I suspected, held on to their first round pick….

June 29, 2014
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Garth Snow – Howard Beale… Similarities anyone?

June 28, 2014

If you remember the movie, “Network”, Peter Finch, the actor that portrayed Howard Beale, the crazed news anchor who muttered a phrase that will be forever be a momentum getter at NHL arenas.  He did not use a ‘curse word’ but his antics remind me of someone at the NHL draft last night. After Garth Snow took to the airwaves (and we in the USA did not see it when…

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Isles Score Big With Dal Colle & Ho-Sang

June 28, 2014

Last night, the Islanders finished up their rebuilding through the draft by selecting future LW Michael Dal Colle with the 5th overall pick. To restate in my previous blog, he was a missing piece to an already good crop of players drafted by Islanders General manager Garth Snow. Also mentioned in my last piece, I did say to look for the Isles to trade the two second round picks and…

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