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…

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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: 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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Path To The Draft 2017: Junior Isles Prospects

June 5, 2017

As we get closer to the draft in a few weeks, Isles Talk will be going over prospects already in the system, analyze several prospective players the New York Islanders could choose with the 15th overall pick, and then create a mock draft to guess which player the Isles will indeed pick. I have already stated in a previous blog that this month might be one of the biggest in…

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Offseason Moves Begins Now For Isles

June 1, 2017

Welcome back everyone and welcome to one of my favorite hockey times of the year, the NHL draft. Whether the Islanders end up last in the NHL or win the Stanley Cup, I love covering the weeks before this event because I have always been a believer of building a championship through the draft. I’ve spent the last month and a half researching potential Islanders draft picks to go along…

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Blog: What Would You Do If You Were Isles GM?

June 23, 2016

I’ve, talked about the graduates, the professionals and the drafted prospects of the New York Islanders all week long and I’ve given my five players who could be taken at number 19 should the Islanders draft at that spot. Now this is my once-a-year treat where I play arm-chair GM and I try to improve the team while still trying to stick to what Garth Snow could do, meaning keeping…

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Blog: Who Will Still Be There At 19?

June 22, 2016

We’ve gone over the prospects in the New York Islanders organization and now it’s time to see who might be joining them starting on Friday at 7pm. In earlier years I would write about 10-15 different prospects leading up to the draft. By Friday morning, I’d predict who the Islanders would take in their respective slots. This year, I’m narrowing it down to five players. Mind you, I’m not necessarily…

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Blog: Q & A With Islanders GM Garth Snow

May 19, 2015

On May 18th 2015, New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow sat down with the members of the Islanders Booster Club for a little Q & A session. The mood was light, the atmosphere was calm, and it felt like a family reunion with no yelling, screaming, or anything else that would ruin the occasion. Despite the early first round exit, the Islanders did record their first +100 point season…

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Blog: Coming Of Age For Calvin de Haan

May 17, 2015

During the New York Islanders rebuild if there was one player on defense where fans would scratch their heads and say “why him?” it’s defenseman Calvin de Haan. It was bad enough for fans at the 2008 draft where Islanders General Manager Garth Snow traded down several picks and selected Josh Bailey when winger Nikita Filatov was clearly available, but he made another bizarre move in 2009 by trading up…

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