Thursday, September 16, 2010
2010-11 Preview: New York Islanders
2010-11 Prediction 15th Eastern Conference
Things for the hockey squad on Long Island have looked bleak for a while now, and unfortunately that looks likely to continue both off and on the ice this season. Their dismal record aside, the Islanders face major hurdles in their continued effort to finance a new Arena. The good news for Isles have been the talks involving a potential move to Queens or a casino backed arena proposal in the Long Island area. If any of the New York based possiblities do not pan out, Kansas City and its Sprint Center seem eager to land a team either in the NHL or NBA. The Isles continue to hope for G Rick DiPietro to have a healthy season. Reports have already surfaced that DiPietro may be starting the season injured, which doesn't point to a positive outcome for this season. D Mark Streit is joined on the blue line by free agent Mark Eaton. Up front, Kyle Okposo, Matt Moulson, and John Tavares are the focal points of the offense. Tavares is a former #1 overall pick, and while he struggled at times in his rookie season, many think he could be this year's Steven Stamkos (a player that had an incredible second season). Aside from this, it will be a long winter for fans of a former NHL giant.
Player to Watch: C John Tavares