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User Blog Mock Draft

+ has its annual Mock Draft up. Each year, they have three writers provide their guess as to which prospects will be chosen by each team in the 1st round. For Isles fans, this year is a bit of a wash. Two of's writers have the Isles picking a defenseman not named Jones.

Jean Chabot helping troubled youth in Canada's north


Not sure if fans know Ted Nolan's former assistant with the Isles is also Aboriginal, as is Ted. Although I've never met either, I know a number of people from John's community, and his sister is the partner of a close friend. John has a solid reputation for giving back to the community, thought some fans may be interested in what he's doing post-Islanders.

Deja Vu All Over Again? Strome's Niagara Ice Dogs Sign 20 Year Deal to Stay Local But Play In New Down Town St. Catharines Arena In 2014...And They'll be Keeping Their Name


St. Catharines is the largest of 12 Counties in the Niagara Regent, which also includes Niagara Falls. "The Niagara IceDogs will keep their name and make their home in St. Catharines for at least 20 years. Mayor Brian McMullan and team owners Bill and Denise Burke signed a deal Friday at city hall that makes the Ontario Hockey League club the primary tenant for the new downtown arena, expected to open in 2014. The agreement stipulates the franchise does not have to change its name to St. Catharines IceDogs, which had been requested by St. Catharines council, but was never met with favour by the club."


Discuss: Up-To-Date Statistics For All Potential Rebuild Players

Up-To-Date Statistics For All Potential Rebuild Players Player-----------Position-HT-WT—League---GP - G - A - Pts.- PIM - +/-...Drafted Griffin...

Details for new Arena in North Toronto: Mirrors the NYI on LI - residents against taxpayers money being used


This article is long but very informative. It also provides interesting incite into Bettman's preference for new locations to have highway and light-rail (public transportation access). Markham is an unofficial subburb of North Toronto. An informative read for Isles fans.

NHL Central Scouting: 2013 Draft Expected to Rival 2003


Interesting article. The 2013 draft is expected to be very deep in the 1st round, to the extent that every team has a chance to draft a good player in round one. The comparision to 2003 is a downer, however, and that was the year virtually every team drafted an elite player, some two, and the Isles took Robert Nilsson.


Islanders Forward Prospect Depth Charts: Ranking the Forwards [Poll]

A look at the forwards throughout the New York Islanders depth chart, and where the franchise still has holes.


Prospect Depth Charts: Ranking the Islanders Defensemen [Poll]

A look at how the New York Islanders defensemen prospects stack up on the depth chart throughout the system.

Russian NHLers a Dying Breed? Damien Cox of the Toronto Star thinks so


Tidbits of information within: there were 24 Russians who played in the NHL last year, including Radulov...compared to 59 Swedes and 40 Czech's...Washington's 20 year old top Russian prospect is being paid $5 mil to play in the KHL, and he's no Yakupov or Gregorinko.

Cox/Toronto Star: Leafs not acquiring Nash, will they draft Gregorinko if available @5th?


This is a very informative read on the pros and cons of drafting Russians as well as other Europeans, Germans, who may not be NHL ready or panout in the AHL quicky, but have much more lucrative offers in Europe.

NHL.COM Reviews Former 9th Round Picks, 3 Current Isles Included (Draft Was Reduced to 7 Rounds Last CBA)


This is a very good read for those who don't believe in drafting goalies high. Amazing the number of goalies drafted in the 9th round still playing in NHL, and their quality compared to numerous goalies drafted high same year. Nabokov, Streit and Moulson each made the list for their positions: Goalie, Defensemen and Forwards.

Cox: A Lesson From Leaf's History: Why you don't rush teenagers to the NHL


I don't generally read Damien Cox (he's too much of a Burke homer for me), but this article in today's Toronto Star caught my attention. It's a bit long but a very educational read actually. It includes a laundry list and discussion of teenagers ruined by the Leafs, including 3 top teenage Dmen called to NHL in one season. The jist of it is, the Leafs no longer do this, and now follow the "Detriot" model, which of course is the former "Torrey-Islander" model, and is also a luxury for teams with depth.


Is It Time For NHL Expansion Into Canada? [Reader Poll]

With Canada rolling in natural resources and as hockey-crazy as ever, is it time for the NHL to expand to Canada again?

The Top Ten, 2012 NHL Draft Prospects from the CHL: Ranked By King & Cosentino


Both scouts list Murray 2nd behind Yakupov; however, Dumba has climbed to 3rd on King's list, followed in order by Galchenyuk @ 4th and Grigorenko @ 5th. Dumba has also risen on Cosentino's list, although Cosentino's 3rd through 5th rankings are the exact reversal of King's, with Dumba listed 5th, Galchenyuk 4th and Grigorenko 3rd. [*Note: Forsberg is the only non-North American skater who may be drafted in the top 5].

Strome Scores: IceDogs Clinch At Home, Win Bobby Orr Trophy: Highlights Included


Strome scored the first goal of the game. Link to Highlights below if you don't want to read the article.

2012 NHL Central Scouting's Final Draft Rankings


Top 10: 1. Nail Yakupov, RW; 2. Ryan Murray, D; 3. Mikhail Grigorenko, C; 4. Alex Galchenyuk, C; 5. Morgan Reilly, D; 6. Cody Ceci, D; 7. Radek Faksa, C; 8. Olli Maata, D; 9. Jacob Trouba, D; 10 Griffin Reinhart, D. Top Euro prospect and only Euro skater who may go top 10 is Filip Forsberg, W.

HF Boards: Loads of Talent Playing for New York Islanders' Minor League Affiliate


FYI: HF Boards ranks the Islanders prospect pool as the 3rd most talented in the league. *Note: under their system, Isles youth already established in the NHL are excluded from their talent assessment, i.e., JT, KO, Grabs, Bails, Martin & Hamonic.

HFF Boards Interview with Johan Sundstrom


Didn't see this posted @ Lighthouse Hockey so thought I'd post it. Sundrom has been playing on Sweden's top line at the World Juniors and having a good tournament.

Video Highlights: BP 4 Baby Devils 2 Worth the watch


Pay special attention to Cizikas' puck control work on the first 2 of Dibo's 3 goals (Casy assisted on all 3). The 1st along the right offensive zone boards and the 2nd in open ice in the offensive zone. In both cases, it was Cazikas' ability to battle for the puck, win those battles, and keep the puck movie towards the net or to a teammate for a quality shot...Great news as it is promising that his junior game will translate to the pros. there are some highlights of Nilsson who won his 1st, but nothing of the Wishart fight.

Don Cherry and Ron Maclean Hypocrites? Two different Cherry perspectives on hits to the head: Matt Cooke vs. Scott Stevens


For this debate, I would like to focus on hits to the head only, and what Don Cherry and Ron Maclean said last year after Matt Cooke was yet again an offender, vs. what Cherry and Maclean said the other night, airing video of Scott Steven's hits to the head and arguing in the opposite direction. Click the title for the first link. I will add the second link with times in the comment section. Please view both videos, listening carefully and focusing only on the hits to the head and Cherry and Maclean's arguments. Then comment on whether or not in your view, Cherry and Maclean appear to have contradicted themselves.

550 miles in two days? No issue for Webb, Lafontaine

3 has an interesting article on Steve Webb and Pat Lafontaine, who plan to bicycle from the NHL Hall of Fame in Toronto to the NHL store in New York to raise awareness and money for various charities...the article includes views from a few of their former Islander teammates.


Poll & Debate: As Diehard Fans, Where Do YOU Predict the Islanders Finish in 2011-12?

We've heard from all the experts, now it is time for the fans to weigh-in. Rationale is as follows: Due to parity in the NHL, the 30 team league can loosely be divided into three parts... Top 10...

Scouts see 2012 Draft as rich in D-men:


We discussed this numerous times this past season, so I thought this may be of interest to draft watchers...note big D-man Griffin Reinhart is not even mentioned...the first 2 or 3 pics should be forwards, Russians for the first time since OV and Malkin...


Poll & Debate: The 2013-14 Islanders, Two Key Players from Cup Contention?

Thought this might be fun theory/discussion for this time of year. The Islanders system may be two key players shy of contention, a number one defenseman and a big physical right-winger. The plan...

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