Around The League In 30 Days: New York Islanders

There’s always going to be a team that just forces you to take a step back, cock your head to the side, and say “Um?” And, as much history as the Islanders have, they’ve become one of those teams. Perhaps it’s the plethora of NHL teams in such close vicinity that has turned the Isles into little more than an after-thought to all but diehard fans. Or, maybe it’s just a lack of leadership and vision keeping this once dominant franchise far back on the way back burner. I keep seeing them as a team that could be in the playoffs, but I don’t like their chances once they get there. Whatever I may think the case may be, let’s take a look at what FanSided’s NYI writers have to say about their beloved team.

“When you look at the Islanders 2010-2011 Season, you see a tale of two halves.  The first involved lengthy trips to the disabled list to two key players. Mark Streit’s shoulder at the first team practice at last year’s training camp that lost him for the entire season and  Kyle Okposo’s shoulder issues, kept him out of the lineup for over half the year. Then, the most troublesome item was the ‘one win in 20’ scenario which led to the firing of Coach Scott Gordon.  This was a hockey team that, at times, appeared to just be going through the motions; looking listless and tired.”

“Without a doubt, the offensive production for the Islanders is going to be a major contributor to the success or lack of success of the team this season.  Having 3 guys who scored 20 or more goals (PA Parenteau with 20, Blake Comeau with 24, and John Tavares with 29) and 2 with 31 or more goals (Matt Moulson with 31 and Michael Grabner with 34) certainly made a big difference, but we will need them to have repeat or even better performances as well as other guys stepping up to find the twine in order for the team to make the playoffs.I expect to see the line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau to continue to be kept together and develop their chemistry and skills further.  To me, unless newcomer Brian Rolston, is put on a line with JT and Moulson, the top line from last season should continue to be the “bread and butter” line for the Islanders.” Continue reading at Eyes on Isles…

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