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…

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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…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: The Graduates

May 21, 2019

Welcome to the final installment of the Isles Talk Prospect Report and in this piece, we’ll be discussing the gradates of 2019. What is required for graduation? They must be drafted by the Islanders and complete their entry-level contracts. This criteria was only accomplished by three players: Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier. For the graduates I’ll go over their stats, where I rank them among other graduates…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: College

May 15, 2019

This is actually a new installment that I’ve put in this year because a few have asked that I include the college players. While I have absolutely no problem doing this, I wanted to explain why I have not done so in the past. These college players are only drafted by the Islanders, and most of the time college players will not get contracts from the big club after their…

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Isles Talk Prospect Report: Juniors

May 10, 2019

I hope everyone (for the most part) enjoyed this season as much as I have and it should give the Islanders fans some optimism for next season. Before any of the potential big free agents can be added, every organization gets to improve on themselves at the NHL draft. The date for the draft is set for June 21st & 22nd and I’m sure you’ll hear a lot of speculation…

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Blog: Zero Expectations

January 8, 2019

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations The New York Islanders have suffered. Some fans more than others, but have suffered together as a family. They’ve been bent, broken and yet both players and fans are still…

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Blog: Isles Have More Time To Evaluate

November 27, 2018

So we’ve reached the quarter mark of the NHL season and for many (including myself this early in the year), the New York Islanders are exceeding everyone’s expectations with a 12-9-2 record. Many have asked what should the Isles do at this point of the year? Do/Can they make a trade for more veteran experience to improve the team now? Is bringing up a prospect a good idea after 20+…

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Blog: If The Playoffs Ended Today Because Numbers Never Lie

October 30, 2018

You’ve heard of this phrase: “If the playoffs ended today…..” It’s annoying for a lot of people throughout the season when this begins. Another phrase the people don’t like is: “The numbers don’t lie….” I’m about to make it worse. I started this last year for fun and it’s why I’m doing it again, but for some teams after the 10 game mark, the playoffs have already ended. Over the…

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Blog: 2018-19 Eastern Conference Predictions By The Numbers

September 27, 2018

Every year I write up a different kind of preseason prediction because the upcoming season really is unpredictable. To be honest, this should really be more like an expectation piece than a prediction, but like all kinds of writings like these, take with a grain of salt. What I tend to do is I take info from the last three years of each player and after some simple math and…

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Blog: New York Islanders Preseason Review

September 12, 2018

Welcome back to another season of New York Islanders hockey here at Isles Talk everyone. To say it was a summer to remember is a complete understatement, but I’m here to write about what’s in front of us and that’s the preseason, which begins on Sunday. Entering the preseason, many have the Islanders finishing out of the playoffs but not as bad as they were last year. To be more…

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