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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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….

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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: Professionals

May 19, 2019

The third installment of this years prospect report are the Isles-drafted players currently playing in their entry-level contract. Making it this far after juniors or college is a big step, but to make it to the big show may take a few years for some and the players or they are still trying to find their niche in the professional leagues, so this is why I consider entry-level players as…

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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: 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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