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  • #16
    Originally posted by FranzyFan View Post
    Don't know if this was posted yet, but the rag that is The Hockey News predicted us falling to 7th in the Metro. Utter nonsense.

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/news/ar...york-islanders
    I never look at predictions or prediction shows anymore. I have just come to the conclusion North America hates the Islanders. All outsiders don't ever seem to have a clue about our team.
    THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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    • #17
      Didn't they hear that Garth already has a built in contract extension??

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      • #18
        7th in the metro is harsh, they will be better than that just because of offense and goaltending if nothing else. 7th in the conference is more accurate.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Scott View Post
          7th in the metro is harsh, they will be better than that just because of offense and goaltending if nothing else. 7th in the conference is more accurate.
          I say the coaching is the biggest upgrade between this season and last. Curious to see if Weight's conditioning program makes a big difference during the course of the season.

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          • #20
            http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey...ampaign=buffer

            Five Islanders questions as training camp begins

            Islanders training camp begins Thursday when players report for physicals. Here are five questions the team faces heading into camp:
            Personally I am so tired of #1. I'm not even going to waste the bandwidth of Staple rehashing it here.
            1. What’s doing with John Tavares and his contract?
            In large measure #2 is going to determine how the season goes.
            2. How many young kids have a shot to make the club?

            Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier got a taste of NHL life last season, but the competition to snag one of the 23 roster spots on opening night is tough — and Beauvillier is eligible to play in the AHL, unlike last season.

            Mathew Barzal has a big opportunity among the forwards, along with Ho-Sang and Beauvillier. Injuries to depth forwards Shane Prince and Alan Quine also give the three young guys a better shot to break camp with the Isles. On defense, Ryan Pulock and Scott Mayfield missed the cut last season, but with Travis Hamonic gone, both of those right-shot defensemen have a real opportunity, along with Adam Pelech.
            Whoever gets hot is fine with me, but neither should play 60 games.
            3. Who’s in goal?

            Only two goaltenders are projected to make the team, a welcome change from the previous two seasons of three goaltenders and lots of grumbling. Thomas Greiss earned a three-year extension in January and Jaroslav Halak is now welcomed into the fold after a three-month exile in Bridgeport last season. Those two veterans either will battle it out for the No. 1 job or share it, with Kristers Gudlevkis and Christopher Gibson, two young goaltenders with a bit of NHL experience, waiting in the wings.
            He had BETTER be in JT's right.

            4. Where does new Islander Jordan Eberle fit in?

            As a five-time 20-goal scorer, wherever he darn well pleases. When the Islanders dealt Ryan Strome to the Oilers for Eberle on the eve of the June draft, they surrendered some youth for a veteran in Eberle who was a good scorer on some bad Edmonton teams. Now he’ll likely start camp on Tavares’ right side to develop some serious top-line chemistry and give Tavares the elite right wing he hasn’t had since Thomas Vanek’s brief stay on the Island.
            Devon Toews. Let's Go Bobcats!!

            5. Who are some lesser-known prospects to watch this camp?

            Devon Toews and Parker Wotherspoon were fourth-round picks in 2014 and 2015, and they will be the anchors of Bridgeport’s defense this season. The Isles have used at least nine defensemen every season in the last decade, so expect to see one or both of them in the NHL at some point this year.

            Gudlevskis, acquired from the Lightning in July, and Gibson also may get the call if Halak or Greiss misses any time. And among a thin group of forward prospects beyond the three mentioned earlier, John Stevens, an undrafted center and the son of the Kings coach, could be a decent depth option later in the season.
            Belmont and/or Bust!!!

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            • #21
              I would put 2nd line center and the defense as 1 and 2.

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              • #22
                Finally an optimistic preview!

                https://theathletic.com/101282/2017/...ork-islanders/

                NHL Season Preview: New York Islanders

                One of the things I found surprising about the fan standings survey I conducted was how pessimistic people were about the New York Islanders, a team that finished one point out of a playoff spot last season — with one more win too — and that finally added a first-line winger to complement their superstar. Sure, the team lost a solid defender in the process, but the Islanders should still have a team capable of making the playoffs this season after a one season absence. It won’t be easy, though.
                Part of what makes the Islanders an unattractive playoff pick is because they are, well, unattractive. From the top down, at every position, the team is decidedly average. They don’t have a particular area of strength like some other teams vying for a spot; they also don’t have is a particular flaw. Their forward group, after adding Jordan Eberle, aren’t that bad. Neither is their defence. In net, they have two solid goalies — Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak — who can each get hot and get on a roll. The team is lacking in high-end strengths that make it easy to like a team — that’s what makes them forgettable. As a whole, the Islanders are an above average team, even if it doesn’t seem like it.

                Though they did hit 94 points last season, the team’s underlying numbers were well below par. I would guess that’s another reason people who voted in my survey weren’t keen on the Islanders. They finished with a 48.1 Corsi percentage, good for 24th in the league and 0.01 per cent worse than the other New York team, who everyone likes a bit more.
                The biggest reason to be excited about the Islanders this season is the addition of Eberle. Ryan Strome’s development had stalled, and while he has potential to be a very good player in Edmonton next to Connor McDavid, it wasn’t working for him in New York. Eberle immediately becomes the best winger John Tavares has ever played with on the team, and the duo should be able to rekindle their world junior magic. I would expect big seasons from both. Eberle’s addition should also make a very mediocre power play much more potent, adding another dangerous weapon.
                Like Florida, the Islanders are basically a 50/50 playoff team. They project to be the ninth best in the East and they’re likely a team that’ll be firmly in the mix for a spot. Last year’s putrid start was a troubling development for a team that looked to be on the rise to contention a few short years ago, but they righted the ship once Weight finally took over for Jack Capuano. There isn’t much that’s appealing about this team, but 16 teams making the post-season means some average ones qualify. The Islanders are by far best at being average.
                Belmont and/or Bust!!!

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                  That's very fair. Also lines up with my idea that this is still a very average team. That can change as the season progresses and some kids step up, but as of right now, for the sake of pre-season previews and predictions, 50/50 playoff team is about right. I lean toward the 50% that says they get in, but 8th isn't a big difference from say 10th.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Scott View Post

                    That's very fair. Also lines up with my idea that this is still a very average team. That can change as the season progresses and some kids step up, but as of right now, for the sake of pre-season previews and predictions, 50/50 playoff team is about right. I lean toward the 50% that says they get in, but 8th isn't a big difference from say 10th.
                    I can see this team being the very best 15th place team of all time..... ( noting that a lot of teams in the conference have gotten better) and I can see IF THIS and IF THAT - this team can both make the playoffs and make some noise. I think your analysis is right about there. On paper we finish between 6th and 10th. I tell you this - I bet the difference between 6th place and 10th place is 5 points in the standings.

                    The most salient point is that we seem to lack a true star (sans JT) that would make the difference. LOTS of 3-2 games this year. Injuries and slumps notwithstanding - I agree with your points. The reason for optomism is a revamped coaching staff with real pros. THAT is the biggest offseason acquisition along w Eberle.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                      Finally an optimistic preview!

                      https://theathletic.com/101282/2017/...ork-islanders/




                      The biggest reason to be excited about the Islanders this season is the addition of Eberle.

                      Does anyone agree with this? I'm happy to have him but Doug Weight is the biggest reason why I'm excited about the season.

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                      • #26
                        He may have just been talking about players, not management. If so, good case Eberle is the biggest reaosn to be excited. Not just for what he might provide, but his impact on the team overall. In particular, dropping some otehr guys to more fitting spots.

                        Originally posted by Kaszycki's Krew View Post

                        I can see this team being the very best 15th place team of all time..... ( noting that a lot of teams in the conference have gotten better) and I can see IF THIS and IF THAT - this team can both make the playoffs and make some noise. I think your analysis is right about there. On paper we finish between 6th and 10th. I tell you this - I bet the difference between 6th place and 10th place is 5 points in the standings.

                        The most salient point is that we seem to lack a true star (sans JT) that would make the difference. LOTS of 3-2 games this year. Injuries and slumps notwithstanding - I agree with your points. The reason for optomism is a revamped coaching staff with real pros. THAT is the biggest offseason acquisition along w Eberle.
                        Yup, there isn't as much separation between spots as 10+ years ago. That's a big reason why people need to relax with the recent 100 point seasons. 100 points meant a lot more when the 8th seed only had 82 points, not 95.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                          Compared to other previews this is a glowing endorsement .................... if you consider 50/50 glowing? lol................ but nice to finally see someone just not automatically write us off!
                          THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Tjay View Post
                            Does anyone agree with this? I'm happy to have him but Doug Weight is the biggest reason why I'm excited about the season.
                            There are a couple good reasons but this is for sure high on the list!
                            THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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                            • #29
                              The only people that predicted the Leafs to make the playoffs last year was the Toronto media and not even all of them did maybe 50/50. We have no one in Mathews league but if JHS Beau Pulock and Barzal play like they can. We too may have a very pleasant and exciting season!
                              THE Boards Token Canadian Fan

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by mw147 View Post
                                The best at being average has to be one of the most positive opinions of us in the last 20 years. How often have we wanted to be average?

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