The Islanders Informer
Entries with the tag: frans nielsen
With the exception of the Isles first line, there has been very little offensive production during the Isles recent three game losing streak. Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, and John Tavares have great chemistry, but beyond those three there has been minimal production and few scoring chances.
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.
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’.
As Arthur Staple of Newsday reported here last night, the Islanders will name their new captain today. I agree with Staple that the new captain will be Mark Streit. My take on the NYI captaincy situation from a few weeks ago can be found here. There are many candidates to wear the ‘A’, but I think the alternate captains will probably be Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.