The Islanders Informer
The Coliseum was rockin’. The fans were ready. The season ticket holders who have had season tickets for all 40 seasons were at center ice for puck drop. The hype was there. The expectations were justified. The team did a great job with the player introductions. But, there was one thing missing. The team forgot there was a hockey game to be played. They didn’t show up. There is no excuse.
via a Katie Strang tweet:
Steve Staios, Brian Rolston, Kyle Okposo and John Tavares receive A’s for #Isles.
There were no big surprises when the New York Islanders announced their 23-man roster earlier today. Nino Niederreiter being on injured reserve with a groin injury certainly made the decisions a little bit easier. The Isles will start the season with 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, and 3 goalies.
Earlier today, veteran forward Jay Pandolfo agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Islanders. Pandolfo will provide a veteran presence for a group of young, talented Islanders forwards. The Islanders also inked Ryan Strome to an entry-level contract just before the 5 PM deadline. Strome was the 5th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The NCAA hockey schedule gets under way this weekend with the Islanders NCAA prospects participating in some big games and early season tournaments.
Islanders head coach Jack Capuano was recently asked whether Evgeni Nabokov, Al Montoya, and Rick DiPietro would all begin the season on the NHL roster. According to Brett Cyrgalis at the NY Post, Capuano responded:
Are we leaning that way? I’m not going to lie to you, we probably are. But we haven’t really determined who plays where and when.
Last night, in a 2-0 loss to the Calgary Flames, Evgeni Nabokov played in his first game with the New York Islanders. Nabokov played 40 minutes and overall looked steady. It is expected that Nabokov will be rusty at least in the short-term due to being out of the NHL all of last season. Nabokov has never really been known for handling the puck, but that was one glaring area of weakness last night. There were a number of times when Nabokov misplayed the puck that almost resulted in Flames goals. On a positive note, Nabokov stopped 15 of 16 shots and looked pretty solid in net.
Mark Streit hadn’t played a game in 17 months, but if Saturday was any indication, Streit hasn’t missed a beat. While playing 24 minutes in a 6-2 Islanders preseason win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, Streit scored one goal and notched two assists. The Islanders missed Streit quarterbacking the power play last season. With Streit manning the point, the Islanders were three for six on the power play. Streit looked like he is in great shape and skated well. Playing 24 minutes this early in the preseason is a good indication of things to come this season. Streit showed no ill effects coming off of two shoulder surgeries in the offseason.
Andy Baggot, who covers University of Wisconsin hockey for the Wisconsin State Journal, took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for TII on New York Islanders prospect Jason Clark, who is entering is sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin. Clark was selected in the 3rd round by the Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Read after the jump for the full interview.
Earlier today, Mark Streit was named the first Swiss born captain in NHL history. A lot of people thought that the captaincy would go to John Tavares, but I think that Streit is a great pick and he is the right pick. Tavares will get his time to wear the ‘C’ at some point in the future. Right now, at this point in Tavares’ development, he should be given the time to learn from veterans, put points on the board, and further develop his game. Tavares has great leadership qualities and will be with the Isles for a long time, but he can lead without wearing the ‘C’.
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