Blog: Isles Select Mathew Barzal

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The New York Islanders pulled a trade that didn’t necessarily catch fans off guard, but it was what the Isles got in return that was pure magic by general manager Garth Snow. The Islanders traded 2012 4th overall pick Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in this years draft.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 6/26/15

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during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is today, but if you forgot to mark it on your calendars, I won’t fault you. That’s because, for the first time since the 2007 draft, the Islanders don’t have a single draft pick until the third round.

At this time last season, the Islanders picked Michael Dal Colle with the fifth-overall pick – the sixth time in the last seven seasons the New York held a top-five draft selection – before also trading into the back end of the first round to draft Joshua Ho-Sang.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The Draft Edition: 6|26|15

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2010 NHL Draft - Round One

The first round of the NHL draft is this evening. Everyone knows phenom Connor McDavid is heading to the Oilers as the first overall pick. McDavid had 120 points in 47 games for his Erie Otters team in the OHL last season and he is expected to have an immediate impact in the NHL. Jack Eichel is being compared to the best American born hockey players ever and will most definitely go to the Sabres who have the second pick.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Travis Hamonic

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Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

Travis Hamonic

Season: 71 GP – 5 G – 28 A – 33 Pts – 85 PIM – +15 – 213 hits

Career: 323 GP – 18 G – 93 A – 111 Pts – 357 PIM – +19 – 653 hits

Contract: 5 seasons remaining at a 3.85 million dollar cap hit | UFA

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Erik Foley

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Erik Foley is quite possibly the biggest risk/reward player the Islanders could take with the 72nd pick. He doesn’t turn 18 until June 30th, which makes him one of the youngest players in this years draft. Foley barely has the size to play in the AHL, but he’s committed to Providence College nest year so if the Islanders were to draft him, he could marinate in the college ranks for a as long as he wants without being rushed. He already has some international experience playing in last years Ivan Hlinka Tournament where he and team USA won the Bronze medal. He’s a power forward despite his size and plays a similar style to that of Colin McDonald with a much bigger scoring touch or a Kirill Petrov. He is without a doubt the “Sleeper” pick of this years draft. If he properly matures the Islanders will have another top prospect everyone will be asking “Why didn’t we draft him?”

Name: Erik Foley

Position: LW

Height/Weight: 5’11” 185lbs

ISS: 88

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Mitchell Stevens

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Up next is my second to last, higher reward/risk “educated guess” that the Islanders may use with their 72nd or 82nd pick: Mitchell Stevens. When I read about Stevens I get a mix of a bigger Jason Blake, with Michael Peca leadership in my head. He’s speedy and can create some points on the breakaway. He can kill penalties and if the Isles can find a “Dave Scatchard” compliment for Stevens, he could be dynamic. The other attributes that I like about Stevens? He’s a winner. Stephens played for team Canada in the U-17 and playing a crucial role, and winning gold at last summer’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Following his draft season with Saginaw, he was promoted to captain, and finally wearing the letter for Canada at the U-18 World Championship in Switzerland this past spring, while scoring five goals and ten points in seven games. He may be another victim of slipping in the draft simply because of the depth.

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Stephen Desrocher

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Okay folks, it’s a new scenario: Garth Snow cannot make a trade to move up in the draft and he has to pick at number 72. For me, this is like trying to hit my target riding a horse backwards and blindfolded. No clue. But since I’ve been covering the draft since 2008, I’m usually pretty good at picking the right player in the correct round. For example, some players I had slated at number 70 and they went at 73 or I had them pegged for 59 and they were 56. Close but no cigar, especially Glen Sather’s. Remember, I’m swinging for the fences here, meaning the risk/reward meter is high. So here now is another player who the Islanders may see in either the 72nd or 82nd pick in the third round.

Name: Stephen Desrocher

Position: Defense

Height/Weight: 6’4″ 198lbs


Central Scouting: 145 (North America)

TSN Bob McKenzie: N/A

TSN Craig Button: 82

Islanders Announce 2015-16 Regular Season Schedule

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This morning the New York Islanders announced their scheduled for the upcoming 2015-16 regular season. The season kicks off with a home-and-home series against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. The first game will be in Brooklyn on October 9th, followed by a trip to Chicago the next night.

Here are some other highlights of the schedule to be aware of:

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Gabriel Gagne

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Just chalk up another “swing for the fences” prospect that I found that the Islanders may draft on Saturday. Gagne is another power forward winger who needs time to mature into his body and if he takes the initiative, will be a top 6 winger in the NHL. I’ve read from many sites that he reminds them of Benoit Pouliot. He has shown early on the ability to score but needs to use his already impressive size more to really capitalize on his overall offensive game. What intrigues me with Gagne was that he was a low second/high third round pick around mid season and now he looks like he could go mid second for sure, so he has improved this season. If he is given the time, his development and maturity will only benefit the Islanders when he’s finally called upon.

Name: Gabriel Gagne

Position: Winger

Height/Weight: 6’5″ 186

Central Scouting: 36 (North America)


TSN Bob McKenzie: 61

TSN Craig Button: 91

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Nicolas Meloche

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If there was a player that reminded me of Travis Hamonic, it’s Nicolas Meloche. He’s a big, physical defenseman who can put points up on the board and is very competitive. He’s not going to let you into his area without you getting hurt. He’s got a very good slap shot and is a sound defenseman in his own end. Why is this player available in the second, possibly third round? Like Hamonic, the 2008 draft was deep and Meloche is going through the same thing. Nothing about his game indicates that he’s dropped, it’s just the way the cards are going to fall in the draft. If Meloche is still available in the mid to low second, the Isles might pull the trigger and land themselves a first round talent at a bargain price.

Name: Nicolas Meloche

Position: Defense

Height/Weight: 6’2″ 204lbs


Central Scouting: 40 (North America)

TSN Bob McKenzie: 44

TSN Craig Button: 36

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: The 3 On 3 Edition: 6|25|15

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A change to the NHL’s overtime format was approved on Wednesday. The change will see the league go to a 3 on 3 format, for a five minute period in games that are tied after regulation. If the game remains tied after the overtime period, the winner will continue to be determined by a shootout.

The purpose of the change is to open up the ice and create more scoring chances so that more games are determined in the overtime period.

The NHL is hoping to follow the AHL’s model. Last year, after adopting the 3 on 3 format, 75 percent of AHL overtime games were resolved during the overtime period. On the other hand, the NHL last year had only 44.4 percent of its tie games determined in overtime with the 4 on 4 system.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Griffin Reinhart

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NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 02: Griffin Reinhart #8 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 2, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Griffin Reinhart

Season:. 8 GP – 0 G – 1 A – 1 PTS – 6 PIM – plus-1

Career: 8 GP – 0 G – 1 A – 1 PTS – 6 PIM – plus-1

Two Islanders Crack List Of Best Draft Picks Of All-Time

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1982 Stanley Cup Finals - Game Four: New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks

There are plenty of posts/columns online that delve into a ‘best-of’ list.

Best centers of all-time. Best goaltenders of all-time. Best teams of all-time. People love lists. They love to read them and debate them.

With the NHL draft a mere two days away in Sunrise, Florida, Corey Rubin posted a blog over at detailing who he feels are the best players to ever be drafted at a specific draft slot.

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Ryan Pilon

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Up next on Isles Talk is a defenseman who should go early in the second round, but may slip quite a bit if other general managers have a personal preference, Ryan Pilon. Yes he is related to former Islanders defenseman Rich Pilon, as Ryan is Rich’s nephew. Their games are very different: Rich was known for the hitting and intimidating, while Ryan plays a clam, more defensive style. He doesn’t crack under pressure and is in very good defensive position. He’s not going to be a top 4 defenseman, but with offensive players like Leddy, Boychuk, Hamonic and Pulock, putting Pilon on a pair with Mayfield sounds like a really good compliment. Hey, what Islanders fan wouldn’t want a Pilon in a Islanders Jersey?

Name: Ryan Pilon

Position: Defense

Height/Weight: 6’2″ 206lbs

Central Scouting: 24

TSN Bob McKenzie: 55

TSN Craig Button: 51

Changes Abound As Islanders Announce Home Opener

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The New York Islanders today announced that they will open the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Friday, October 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Typically Saturday was the day of choice when the team hosted opponents at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum but times are changing. With the venue switch comes a new day, a new opponent and more importantly, a new start time.

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Caleb Jones

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Next in my list of possible second round picks the Isles could select is Caleb Jones. Caleb is the younger brother to Seth of the Nashville Predators. Due to some issues I have with the Isles selecting the brothers of NHL stars (Lindros, Toews etc. with the exceptions being Sutters and Potvins) I’m not sure how I would feel about this move. However, Jones already possesses AHL size and will be starting his major-junior career with the Portland Winterhawks, just like his brother did. He’s a little shorter than his older brother, but Caleb likes to hit more while Seth likes to use his reach. Caleb is like Seth as he is good defensively while getting into the offense and putting up numbers. He’s not going to be Seth, but if he progresses nicely, Caleb won’t need his big brother in getting to the NHL. Caleb is a player that will be moving up and down my rankings for the next two days, he could go in the second or third round, but I believe someone will take a shot at him early.

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: A Hart For Tavares Edition: 6|24|2015

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The National Hockey League will announce the winner of the Hart Trophy, the award given to the NHL player judged to be the “most valuable to his team” during the regular season, tonight in Las Vegas. As always, members of the Hockey Writer’s Association have three outstanding players to choose from; forward John Tavares from the New York Islanders, Alex Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals and goalie Carey Price from the Montreal Canadiens.

Islanders Summer Report Card: Frans Nielsen

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during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.

Frans Nielsen

Season: 78 GP – 14 G – 29 A – 43 PTS – 12 PIM – +8

Career: 525 GP – 99 G – 198 A – 297 PTS – 100 PIM

Contract: 3.5mm cap hit through 2015-16 – UFA

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Travis Dermott

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Now I shall move onto the next phase of the 2015 Isles Talk draft preview and shift my focus to this scenario: What if the Islanders acquired a mid second rounder to a high third? I’m not speculating how they got there, just to go ahead and pick out players who could be in that category. Enter Travis Dermott. For now, if I could describe Dermott it would be like this: Travis Hamonic’s little brother. Nothing flashy, yet plays a good all-round game and is more of an offensive defenseman. He’s got good size for his age now, makes all the right plays yet is very calm in almost every situation. In 3-5 years the Islanders may need every kind of prospect to step in and Dermott could do just that. There’s a certain buzz going around that the first two rounds will consist of mostly forwards being drafted so when the mid to late second round and especially the third round come into play, it’s best player available. Could Dermott fall into the third round? Possible, but I’ll be shocked.

Isles Talk 2015 Draft Preview: Daniel Sprong

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Next on my list is my “Kyle Okposo” pick. If for whatever reason Okposo is indeed traded and the Islanders land in the late first, early second rounds, and it’s between Bracco and Sprong, Daniel Sprong should get picked. He’s probably my biggest boom/bust choice because the ceiling is quite high for him. He’s got decent size and a good scoring touch with great speed, but like Bracco without the maturity issue, Sprong needs time to develop and the Islanders have plenty of that. His biggest development will be in the team game and learning how to trust them and if that progresses, it’s an absolute steal for the Isles. From what I’ve been able to get on Sprong, think Kyle, maybe even better.

Name: Daniel Sprong

Position: RW

Height/Weight: 6’0 183lbs

Central Scouting: 20 (North America)

ISS: 26

TSN Bob McKenzie: 33

TSN Craig Button: 38

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