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Islanders 30 in 30

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NHL.com’s 30 in 30 takes a look at the New York Islanders today.  The introduction to Brian Compton’s piece:

“The time is now for the New York Islanders.  For a franchise that still doesn’t have a deal in place for a new building, it is imperative that the Islanders accelerate what has been a slow and steady rebuilding process and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Garth Snow believed he had assembled a playoff team last summer, then watched his top defenseman Mark Streit and power forward Kyle Okposo suffer serious shoulder injuries before the puck even dropped on the 2010-11 season.”

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  Tags: brian+rolston, john+tavares, kyle+okposo, mark+streit, marty+reasoner, nino+neiderreiter, radek+martinek, trent+hunter, zenon+konopka

Captain Anonymous

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What is a captain?  “A person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.”  What is a hockey captain?  “A locker room leader, motivator; a medium between players and upper management; a primary representative of the team both on and off the ice.”

It is a unique situation this off-season that all three New York City metro area teams will be naming a new captain for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.  The New York Rangers have the most candidates and are probably in the best situation with the most quality choices to choose from.  So, we will start with the Rangers and then look at the Devils, who have both the easiest and hardest choices of the three, and finally we will look at the New York Islanders who have the youngest crop of candidates with the most potential. 

 

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  Tags: brad+richards, brandon+dubinsky, brian+rolston, frans+nielsen, ilya+kovalchuk, john+tavares, kyle+okposo, marc+staal, mark+streit, patrick+elias, ryan+callahan, zach+parise

Islanders NCAA Prospects

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Anders Lee-Notre Dame-Sophomore, Center, 6’3”, 218.  Lee is a sophomore center who is waiting in the wings for the Isles.  Lee is much bigger and stronger than Brock Nelson at this point in their careers.  Lee is very physical for a young forward and likes to mix it up a little when he feels it necessary.  Lee was drafted in the 6th round, 152nd overall by the Islanders in the 2009 entry draft.  Like Brock Nelson the year after, Lee was a 2009 finalist for Mr. Hockey in Minnesota.  Lee is a tremendous athlete who played hockey, football, and baseball in high school.  Lee had an outstanding freshman season at Notre Dame and only hopes to improve upon his point-per-game pace from last season.  In his freshman season, Lee scored 44 points in 44 games played-24G and 20A.  Lee was also a +19 with six power play goals and 10 blocked shots to his credit.

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  Tags: anders+lee, brock+nelson, cody+rosen, corey+trivino, jason+clark, scott+mayfield

Go Back To The Igloo and Chill

As most of you know, some fans from some city in Pennsylvania haven’t taken very well to the fact of an organized fan gathering on Friday night, August 19th at Champions on Long Island.

First off, let me discuss what this gathering is for.  The official invite page with a summary of the event can be found here.  The aim and purpose of this party is to gather Islanders fans who are craving for hockey and can’t wait the 55 more days until the season starts. 

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  Tags: john+tavares, matt+moulson, michael+haley, mikko+koskinen, pa+parenteau, travis+hamonic

Josh Bailey Trade Debate, Remaining UFA’s for Isles to Consider

Josh Bailey is a good, young forward with a lot of potential, but is he worth keeping if the Isles can snag a blue line presence to help solidify one of the weaknesses of the team?

Let’s break down Bailey’s career to this point.  He was drafted ninth overall in the 2008 entry draft.  In his rookie season, he tallied seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 68 games played.  In the 2009-2010 season, Bailey’s second full season in the NHL, he netted 16 goals and added 19 helpers for 35 points.  Last season, Bailey took a step backward with 11 goals and 17 assists in 70 games.  Bailey certainly has not lived up to expectations in his first three seasons and needs to take a step forward this season.  Line combinations are speculation at this point, but it looks as if he will center the line with Blake Comeau and Michael Grabner.  Bailey is a restricted free agent this offseason.

I like Bailey as a player and believe that if he stays with the Islanders he will turn into a solid 2nd line center.  I hope that Bailey stays with the Isles because I think he will fulfill his potential.  After all, he is still only 21 years old.

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What can we expect from El Nino this year?

Nino Niederreiter, an 18 year old winger with unlimited potential hopes to play full-time this year for the NY Islanders after spending 2 seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.  Drafted 5th overall in the 2010 entry draft, he was the highest Swiss player ever taken in the NHL entry draft and only the fourth Swiss player to ever be drafted in the first round.

Niederreiter is just another young budding star for the Islanders.  After leading the Winterhawks in goals with 36 in his rookie season, he scored 70 points in 55 games-41G and 29A last season.  Nino was called up last October, mainly because of injuries to some key Islanders, and appeared in only nine games.  In those nine games, Niederreiter recorded 2 points-1 goal and 1 assist.

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The New York Islanders Have a Solid Core-Are They Poised for a Breakout Year?

Over the last few days, the national and local media have been focusing solely on the initial plan to borrow $400 million for a brand new New York Islanders arena.  I am going to focus on something else-the future of the hockey team.  “Remember, this is not an ending, this is a beginning,” Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said after the referendum was voted down.

Owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow may be disappointed, but they have reason for optimism.  The fans also have reason to look at the glass half full.  For the sake and sanity of Isles fans, hopefully the team will have a solid year and allow the fans to focus solely on hockey.

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Introducing The Islanders Informer

Ready to talk some NYI hockey?  Well William is here to meet your needs

-Paul


Welcome to The Islanders Informer-a source for everything New York Islanders.  The Islanders Informer will be a forum for discussion, debate, and both Islander and hockey related news.  This blog will hopefully be a place where hope and optimism are the feelings of consensus even when cheering for a team that may not make it so easy.  I, myself, feel like the Islanders as a franchise are headed in the right direction and hope that many of the readers of The Islanders Informer and Islander fans alike feel the same way.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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