The Islanders Informer
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This early in the season every team has something to work on. The goal for every team is to get better every game. Every team wants to play hard every night and learn from their mistakes. After the first few games this season, the Isles had a lot to work on. Nothing much has changed since then.
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.
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’.
Shortly before 3 PM this afternoon, Mark Streit was named the 13th captain of the New York Islanders. This is a smart choice by the Islanders. Tavares will have his day being captain in the future. Tavares can lead without the ‘C’ and this will give him time to play his game and put up points without the pressure of being captain. Streit becomes the first Swiss born captain in NHL history. Streit on being named captain:
It’s a privilege and honor to be the Islanders captain. I think the future is now. We want to win games.
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.