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The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Quite frankly, it was pretty boring this year. No big or surprising names were moved. However, there was certainly enough action to determine winners or losers of the past few days.
Winner: Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning are practically out of playoff contention at this point, but they had a solid trade deadline nonetheless. They acquired a good defensive prospect, Erik Cernak, and a few picks from Los Angeles in exchange for Ben Bishop, a player who was not coming back next year. They also got a second rounder and a good depth player, Byron Froese, in exchange for Brian Boyle.
Steve Yzerman’s biggest pair of moves were preparations for the upcoming expansion draft. First, he dealt Valtteri Filppula and a fourth to Philadelphia for Mark Streit. Filppula has a no-movement clause, therefore Tampa Bay would have been required to protect him for the upcoming expansion draft. That is no longer an issue for them, plus Philadelphia does not have to worry about losing anyone significant up front.
Yzerman then flipped Streit to Pittsburgh for a fourth round pick, which is not a bad return for an aging defender especially with this market.
Although on the surface it may not look like much, Tampa Bay had a great trade deadline day.
Loser: New Jersey Devils
The Devils had a number of assets to sell on Wednesday and the days leading up to it, but they came out with virtually nothing to show for it.
Shero started off earlier than most, trading Vernon Fiddler to Nashville a few weeks prior to the deadline for a fourth round pick. Not a bad deal, but certainly nothing to write home about.
Today, however, was a disaster for New Jersey. They traded Kyle Quincey to Columbus for tough guy Dalton Prout, which is basically a wash. They also only got a sixth rounder for P-A Parenteau.
The Devils were unable to move Mike Cammalleri and Keith Kinkaid amongst others as well.
Winner: Vancouver Canucks
Although he has had some questionable moves in the past, Jim Benning was beyond successful at this year’s trade deadline.
He turned Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, two aging forwards on close to expiring deals, into elite prospects Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin.
Dahlen, originally a Senators pick, is tearing it up in Sweden currently and put on a great showing at the World Juniors. Currently, he is out producing Filip Forsberg when he was the same age in the same league.
Goldobin was a first round pick a few years back for San Jose and is almost a point-per-game in the AHL this year. He is expected to play an immediate role in Vancouver.
Benning’s past has not been great — but there is no denying that he did fantastic work this week.
Loser: New York Islanders
The Islanders came into the deadline with a lot of chatter, but wound up exiting with nothing. They were the only team not to make a trade this NHL season.
Even if Garth Snow didn’t land Matt Duchene, it was expected that he would add a player to help a bubble team make the playoffs. There were multiple names, like Jordan Eberle, Anthony Duclair, and Tyler Ennis, thrown around but nothing came to fruition.
Garth Snow failed to act this trade deadline and New York’s playoff hopes are looking dim because of it.
Winner: Washington Capitals
Washington went for quality over quantity this trade deadline. They acquired big fish Kevin Shattenkirk from St. Louis prior to the deadline in exchange for Zach Sanford, a first round pick, and a conditional second round pick.
The Capitals understand that their window to win is now. Shattenkirk likely won’t stay with Washington next season, so it is imperative that they go for it all this year.
The move to get Shattenkirk was to bolster their defense, but keeping him away from Pittsburgh and New York may also have been on MacLellan’s mind. The fact that he was able to get Shattenkirk without giving up Vrana or Bowey is an immediate with for Washington.
Loser: Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens were certainly the busiest team this trade deadline, but that does not mean that they made out the best. Marc Bergevin opted to go for size and grit instead of skill.
Montreal wound up bringing in five players: Jordie Benn, Andreas Martinsen, Steve Ott, Dwight King, and Brandon Davidson.
The Davidson trade was good because it for Desharnais off the books. However, other than that it doesn’t look too great. Montreal needed skill and they failed to add that.
On to the playoff march we go.
The Jack Capuano era, which started on November 15, 2010, is officially over in New York.
The head coach was relieved from his duties by Garth Snow on Tuesday afternoon, finishing a turbulent run of highs and lows within the organization.
When Capuano took over in 2010, the Islanders were in a very dark place. They had drafted cornerstone superstar John Tavares one year earlier, but had managed to finished bottom five in the league in 2010-2011 after a disastrous start under Scott Gordon. The 2011-2012 campaign was not any better, as the Isles picked fourth overall in the draft.
However, in the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season, Jack Capuano managed to lead the Islanders to the playoffs as the #8 seed. They pushed the dominant Pittsburgh Penguins to six games, providing hope for a pesky team that had just made its first playoff appearance in a handful of years.
The next season was more of the same however. The Islanders traded Matt Moulson, a first round pick and a second round pick for a Thomas Vanek early in the season, but still finished bottom five. Capuano had much of the same roster, with only Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin being the offseason acquisitions. Capuano’s future was in doubt back then, but the organization continued to show faith in the head coach and kept him around.
In the fall of 2014, after a pitiful finish the year prior, Garth Snow went out and acquired Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. These two moves were franchise altering, as the Islanders compiled a 100 point season in their final year at Nassau Coliseum. They wound up losing to the Capitals in seven games that postseason.
The success came again in 2015-2016, with another 100 point season. This time, however, the Isles advanced past round one in the playoff by defeating the Florida Panthers. They were eventually smoked out by Tampa Bay in five games, which was marked by Jon Cooper’s impressive job of out-coaching Capuano.
On July 1st of that same year, Charles Wang relinquished majority ownership of the team to John Ledecky and Scott Malkin. The new owners came in and promised to make the Islanders great once more and to add a fifth banner to the rafters.
In this first year, things have not been going as planned. The Islanders sit last in the Eastern Conference, despite only being eight points out of the playoffs. This resulted in the firing of Capuano, who, admittedly by Garth Snow, was not going to be back as head coach next season.
You could describe Capuano’s tenure with the New York Islanders in a number of ways.
From one aspect, you could look at him as the coach who endured seven years here and accelerated the team out of the dark ages. Truth be told — whether you liked him or not — Capuano lead the Islanders to three playoff appearances in the recent four years and put together back-to-back 100 point seasons.
The flip side of the coin is Capuano was never a coach that was going to take the team to the next step. It’s doubtful the Islanders were going to win a Stanley Cup under the current regime.
Perhaps a big reason why fans, and maybe management, were so irked with Capuano over his time here was his treatment of rookies. Brock Nelson was a healthy scratch multiple times early in his career. Ryan Strome went through the same thing in recent seasons, which even included a trip down to the AHL in 2015. Recently, it’s been Anthony Beauvillier in the doghouse.
The most notable of the list, however, is Nino Neiderreiter. The Swiss right winger was continually put with the likes of Jay Pandolfo and Marty Reasoner when he was playing on the team. This resulted in him demanding a trade and eventually being moved to Minnesota. You have to wonder how different the Islanders roster would look if Neiderreiter had been played to his strengths.
In all, it’s been a bumpy ride. It was time to move on. The Islanders have over eight full months to decide on a new coach for next season.
The most interesting part, though, is that this may not even be the end of the changes.
As every new season rolls around, there are bound to be players that come in hot and players that come in cold. Most of the time these come as surprises, especially for teams paying big money for players that start the season slow.
1. Justin Williams, Washington
At 35 years old, Williams is at the tail end of his career. After seven seasons and two Stanley Cup wins in Los Angeles, he signed a two year, $3.25 million per deal with the Capitals in hopes to give them the extra push in the playoffs to make it past the second round.
So far this season, Williams has two goals and four points in 21 games. He is on pace for 16 points, which would be down 36 from 2015-2016. Washington needs Williams to start producing immediately. Currently playing on a line with Lars Eller and Zach Sanford, becoming an extra layer of scoring would help push the Capitals up the standings and win their second consecutive Metropolitan Division title.
2. Anthony Duclair, Arizona
After an impressive rookie campaign in 2015-2016, Duclair has fallen off a cliff early this season. Acquired in the Keith Yandle deal with the Rangers in the spring of 2015, the Coyotes envisioned Duclair as a future top-six mainstay, but now are reportedly listening to offers on him.
In 21 games this season, Duclair only has one goal. On pace for only a handful of goals, Duclair is not doing much to help Arizona improve after last season, as they are currently tied for last in the league.
The Coyotes forward core is primarily young, with the likes of Max Domi, Christian Dvorak, Lawson Crouse, and Laurent Dauphin making up a large majority of the group, so inconsistency is expected. But, Duclair has been here before and has a 20 goal season under his belt. Arizona needs him to turn his season around if they want to turn theirs around as well.
3. Andrew Ladd, New York (I)
Signed to be John Tavares’ left winger for he next half-decade, things have not gotten off on the correct foot for Andrew Ladd and the New York Islanders.
Ladd has bounced around on all four lines and subsequently only has two goals in 21 games. He played with John Tavares for around ten games and had no goals, but it may be time for another trial run, seeing that he is going to be wearing blue and orange for a long time.
If Ladd can find his groove next to Tavares, Nelson, or Cizikas, it would be a huge plus for the Islanders. Currently in last place with Arizona, they’ve taken a huge step back after two straight 100 point seasons.
4. Jimmy Hayes, Boston
Hayes has struggled since being traded to Boston from Florida, but this season has been far worse than the previous. He has one goal and no assists in 21 games and has been a healthy scratch on occasion.
Hayes has one year left after this year at $2.3 million, but his future with Boston appears uncertain. A trade does not seem out of the question at this point in time. Hayes is 6’5 and a good skater for his size, and at his current contract there may be a few takers. A scenario change may be good for him to get back on track.
5. Jiri Hudler, Dallas
Hudler signed a one year, $2 million deal with the Stars this offseason, which appeared to be a very team-friendly deal at the time. However, in the four games Hudler has played when he has not been injured, he has zero points and zero shots on goal.
Hudler has been regressing since being almost point-per-game with Calgary in 2014-2015. If he can return to that form, he would become a very valuable asset for the Stars, either on the roster or on the trade market.
After two straight 100-points seasons and three playoff appearances in four years, things are looking pretty bleak for the New York Islanders.
They currently sit in 28th in the league, two points ahead of Arizona in the cellar. They have 42 goals for, 22nd in the league, and 54 goals against, 23rd in the league. The team is getting no depth goal scoring. Only three players, John Tavares (.76), Brock Nelson (.70), and Dennis Seidenberg (.53) are averaging above .50 points per game.
The lack of scoring on the Islanders, a fun, fast paced team just two seasons ago, is astonishing. Jason Chimera and Andrew Ladd, the two big offseason acquisitions for the Islanders, have combined for three goals total. Anders Lee and Nikolay Kulemin have one each, and Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey have two each.
A decade filled with promises and hope has gone off the rails in one short offseason. It’s not an impossibility that the Islanders can turn around their 5-8-4 record, but the lineup they currently have does not seem to have the tools to win.
So where does it go from here? Turning to the New York Rangers, oddly enough, and what they did over the summer is a good start.
Outside of Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich, the Rangers made some high quality moves this offseason after a disappointing five game playoff run. They flipped Derrick Brassard for electrifying Swedish center Mika Zibanejad, a move that has already paid dividends. They also signed some cheap, fast options for the middle six in Brandon Pirri and Michael Grabner, both of which have had success so far.
The core was certainly in place for the Rangers, but they were able to make the right moves to turn them into a contender again in just a few months.
The same has to be done by the Islanders in the upcoming two seasons. These years aren’t about winning. Fact of the matter is – the Stanley Cup is not finding it’s way to Brooklyn before John Tavares needs a new contract.
The Islanders will have a total of 19 players (on the roster as of November 19, 2016) in need of new contracts in the next two offseasons, with nine of those being RFAs. Those players are:
2017 UFAs: Cal Clutterbuck, Dennis Seidenberg, Thomas Greiss
2017 RFAs: J-F Berube, Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech
2018 UFAs: John Tavares, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Josh Bailey, Jason Chimera, Thomas Hickey, Jaroslav Halak
2019 RFAs: Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Shane Prince, Alan Quine, Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield
It’s hard to predict who will stay and who will go, but assuming at least Grabovski, Kulemin, Seidenberg, Halak, and Chimera are off the books by 2018-2019, that’s almost $18 million in cap space. Take into account re-signings and the massive contract you hope you can sign John Tavares to and that number dwindles, but it’s still a heap of bad contracts coming off the books regardless.
The Islanders have a plethora of young prospects eager to make the leap as well. After a few years to fine tune their abilities in the minors, you have to assume Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang, and Mathew Barzal will be ready to go, or at least traded for quality, NHL-ready pieces. The Isles also have Parker Wotherspoon on defense who looks like a gem, but it is uncertain when he’ll be able to crack the lineup.
If all goes well, the Islanders could have these 12 forwards on their roster come the start of the 2018-2019 season: John Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey, Shane Prince.
There are still more variables though. It’s near impossible to predict a lineup two seasons into the future.
One is the expansion draft. Due to the Islanders likely protecting Leddy, Hamonic, Pulock, and Boychuk on defense, only four forwards can be protected. It’s entirely possible that one forward from the aforementioned list winds up on Las Vegas. Cal Clutterbuck or Josh Bailey could walk to free agency as well.
Ryan Strome was also omitted from the list. Whether he is taken by Vegas, or is traded (more likely), it is hard to see a future with Ryan Strome as a New York Islanders player. The team has a ton of young centers ready or almost ready, and Strome doesn’t play as well on the wing as he does at center.
Remember the Rangers comparison from before? This is where it could fall in. The draft glamour of Strome has certainly fallen off, but he is still a valuable trading asset. If Garth Snow can flip him for a better, perhaps younger player like the Rangers did with Derrick Brassard and Mika Zibanejad, it will be a win.
Another thing the Islanders have to figure out is goaltending. Jaroslav Halak almost certainly is not coming back when his contract is expired. I’d bet Greiss gets a new one this summer, but you never know. The Islanders have to hope and pray that Ilya Sorokin, a goalie who has torn it up in the KHL the past two years, wants to come over and play in North America next season or the year after that. If he doesn’t they’ll need to resort to Plan B in net, whatever that may be.
The end all and be all of it is this: the New York Islanders are not in a place to win these next two seasons. It’s now on Garth Snow to spend this time retooling the roster and getting the correct core of players surrounding John Tavares before he has the chance to talk to other teams in June of 2018.
It’s no secret that the New York Islanders desperately need help this season.
Currently sitting at 29th in the league with a 5-8-3 record and ahead of only Arizona, the Islanders have not been able to generate offense at all so far this year. Valuable winger P-A Parenteau was waived in favor of Mat Barzal, a star prospect who played only two games before being sent back to Major Junior, and J-F Berube, a third-string goalie who hasn’t played a game and is being kept around due to injury concerns with Jaroslav Halak.
It has been rumored that general manager Garth Snow has been sniffing around the block in hopes to find a trading partner these past few weeks. Snow is no stranger to deals of this kind: he made one back in 2013 when he sent Matt Moulson, a first round pick, and a second round pick to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek.
Vanek was eventually traded to Montreal before signing with Minnesota in the summer of 2014.
But this begs the question, what is out there this year? In a cap-strapped league and a looming expansion draft, trades are at a halt. The Islanders don’t have many assets to deal either. Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, and picks outside the first round make up the bunch.
Snow will have to do some serious work to find a trading partner this early on in the year, but here are some potential options.
1. Gabriel Ladeskog, LW, COL
The Avalanche have been looking to shake things up on their own front recently, and Landeskog is a valuable asset that may be expended by them. A second overall pick in 2011, Landeskog has gotten off to a less than stellar start in 2016-2017 with four goals and eight points in fifteen games. Landeskog has had three consecutive seasons of 20 or more goals and would be a big-bodied and much-needed addition to John Tavares’ wing.
2. Martin Hanzal, C, ARZ
Hanzal is a pending unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Coyotes who is rumored to be on the block. Although he has injury concerns, Hanzal plays a reliable two-way game, something New York has been lacking in their number two center spot without Frans Nielsen. The Coyotes are reportedly seeking a young, NHL-ready center in return, which Ryan Strome fits the bill of. There’s some maneuvering to do, but it’s entirely possible.
3. Valtteri Filppula, C/LW, TBL
Much like Hanzal, Filppula could help the Islanders at both ends of the rink. He has 10 points in 16 games this year and can kill penalties when called upon. The only call for concern with Filppula is his contract situation. He’s on the books for one more year at five million and has a no-movement clause, requiring him to be protected for the expansion draft.
4. Tyler Ennis, C/RW, BUF
Ennis, 27, has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now. He only has two points in 12 games this season, but is a speedy player that has shown flashes of brilliance. If placed on John Tavares’ right wing, he has the ability to take off as a formidable winger. Ennis is on the books for two more years at 4.6 million per.
Other options include Jason Zucker (LW, MIN), Jeff Carter (C/RW, LAK), and David Desharnais (C, MTL).
In next summer’s expansion draft, teams have two options in which to protect their players. One is protecting seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The other choice is protecting eight skaters and one goalie. The former gives you more players to protect but you risk losing a top-four defenseman, whereas the latter allows you to hold onto that fourth (or fifth, if you so please) defenseman, but you are losing out on protecting two top-six forwards. It is a calculated risk that teams have to weigh, and there are eight teams that should choose to take the second option and protect four defensemen. Read the rest of this entry
The last word you can use to describe John Tavares’ career with the Islanders is consistency. Whether it’s playoff appearances, linemates, or goalies, John Tavares has not had a steady routine in any of his seven years in the NHL. But, the acquisition of Andrew Ladd is expected to provide the star center with that luxury. Read the rest of this entry
The Islanders made a trio of moves in the opening two days of free agency, solidifying their roster for the upcoming season. Andrew Ladd (seven years), Jason Chimera (two years), and PA Parenteau (one year) were all signed to deals. Although long-serving members of the team Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, and Matt Martin are all gone, the Islanders lineup still looks formidable and ready to compete.
LW – Andrew Ladd
C – John Tavares
RW – PA Parenteau
Breakdown: John Tavares will technically have two new linemates this year, although Parenteau did spend most of his two seasons with the Islanders on Tavares’ wing. Parenteau put up 120 points in 161 games in that span, which took place from 2010 to 2012. Ladd, however, is completely new and is expected to add a much needed dynamic presence to the wing on the top line. When Matt Moulson was on the left wing to this duo, he put up 31 and 36 goals respectively in the two years. With more skill and a similar playing style, how many can Ladd pot? Only time will tell, but this line should be a good one. Also, it’s possible Mathew Barzal gets a crack on the right wing next to John Tavares if he makes the opening night roster, but with the addition of Parenteau it is likely Barzal heads back to Seattle.
LW – Anders Lee
C – Ryan Strome
RW – Shane Prince
Breakdown: Ryan Strome finally slots back into his natural center position with Frans Nielsen gone. How long that will last, no one knows. But regardless, it’s a great opportunity for Strome to rebound from his pitiful 2015-2016 campaign. As for his wingers, Anders Lee returns to top-six action after his season was ended last year by a broken leg. Although he struggled to get on the scoresheet early last year, he was doing everything right. There is no reason to worry on that front. As for Shane Prince, he’ll be entering his second full season. An analytical darling, he has a chance to put his tremendous shot and speed to work in the top-six. He could be a breakout candidate this year.
LW – Nikolay Kulemin
C – Brock Nelson
RW – Josh Bailey
Breakdown: This line is up in the air. It has the potential to be good with a two-way forward (Kulemin), a sniper (Nelson), and a playmaker (Bailey), but all three have to bounce back from bad years. It’s almost a misfit line where the players don’t fit anywhere else. It was together for a short stint last season but was very, very bad defensively. But maybe it’ll work out.
LW – Jason Chimera
C – Casey Cizikas
RW – Cal Clutterbuck
It’ll likely take a little while for Cizikas and Clutterbuck to get used to their new linemate, but this line will have the ability to inflict some serious damage. Will all respect to Matt Martin, Jason Chimera is flat out a better player. He put up 20 goals and 20 assists last year on a deep Capitals team and still skates with speed like he’s 23 years old. All three members of this line will be pests to play against, both defensively and offensively. If you liked the old fourth line, you’ll love this one (probably).
Defensive pair #1:
LD – Nick Leddy
RD – Travis Hamonic
Breakdown: This pair saw most of last season’s action together. Both are extremely talented skaters and are good at both ends of the puck. They can be deployed in all situations without worry.
Defensive pair #2:
LD – Calvin de Haan
RD – Johnny Boychuk
Breakdown: Like Hamonic and Leddy, these two have seen a lot of time together. One thing that is worth keeping an eye on is Boychuk’s progression this season. He took a big step back last year, albeit still while being a serviceable defenseman. The Islanders can’t afford to have him drop off even more.
Defensive pair #3:
LD – Thomas Hickey
RD – Ryan Pulock
Breakdown: Ryan Pulock is ready (finally!) to step into a full-time top-six role next year. Thomas Hickey, his counterpart, had a tremendous end to the season and playoff run.
Goalies: some combination of Greiss, Berube, and Halak
Breakdown: Something is going to give in the three goalie situation eventually. The ideal scenario is Jaroslav Halak being traded, but suitors are thin and he has had health problems. JF Berube going through waivers and down to Bridgeport is another last-resort option if Halak can’t be moved, but he has a high chance of being claimed. The only safe one right now is Thomas Greiss.
Scratches: Alan Quine, Mikhail Grabovski, Adam Pelech
Breakdown: Quine and Pelech are youngsters who have proven their keep but just can’t find a spot in the lineup right now. They’ll be the first ones called on when injuries happen. As for Mikhail Grabovski, it is unlikely he sees much playing time this year, due to a combination of concussion issues and poor play. It is not even known if he is fully healthy yet.
Islanders fans, despite looking at a completely reformed roster, have a lot to be excited about next season. The injection of new blood and veteran leadership will hopefully push them over the ledge and bring them to a conference finals and beyond.
This list is in no particular order.
Mathew Barzal, 19 – Seattle (WHL)
Last season: 58GP, 27G-61A-88P
Considered the best of all Isles prospects, Barzal exhibits great hands and vision. He has a real opportunity to make the 2016-2017 team
Anthony Beauvillier, 19 – Shawinigan (QMJHL)
Last season: 47GP, 40G-39A-79P
Selected 28th in 2015, Beauvillier is a hard worker and has risen the ranks in the Isles system as the year has progressed. Small, but skilled.
Michael Dal Colle, 20 – Kingston (OHL)
Last season: 30GP, 27G-28A-55P
Dal Colle had a rough few months with Oshawa but took off on Kingston. Has the ability to be a top-six forward, but also could be a trade chip for Garth Snow.
Joshua Ho-Sang, 20 – Niagara (OHL)
Last season: 66GP, 19G-63A-82P
Arguably the most offensively-skilled forward prospect in the system, but has had his fair share of issues in the past. Can become a solid NHL regular if he puts that aside when he transitions to the AHL.
Kieffer Bellows, 18 – Sioux Falls (USHL)
Last season: 58GP, 33G-19A-52P
Pure goal scorer selected 19th overall in this year’s draft. Likely to convert to wing when he transitions to the NHL.
Anatoly Golyshev, 21 – Yekaturinberg (KHL)
Last season: 56GP, 25G-19A-44P
Older prospect selected in 2016 but still has oodles of skill. Under contract in the KHL for a few more years.
Otto Koivula, 17 – Ilves U20 (SM-Liiga)
Last season: 49GP, 26G-32A-58P
Big Finnish winger that still needs time to round out his overall game. Has a natural scoring touch as a power forward, though.
Collin Adams, 18 – Muskegon (USHL)
Last season: 59GP, 27G-34A-61P
Much like Beauviller, works hard every shift he is on the ice. Exhibits a nice amount of scoring as well.
Nick Pastujov, 18 – US U18 Team
Last season: 21GP, 3G-5A-8P
Forward that’ll need time to grow. Committed to play college hockey next season.
Taylor Cammarata, 21 – U. of Minnesota
Last season: 37GP, 7G-12A-19P
Drafted a few seasons ago and has not progressed much since. The tiny forward has little real chance of making the NHL.
Kyle Schempp, 22 – Ferris State (WCHA)
Last season: 41GP, 9G-16A-25P
Makes a living below the hashmarks and is not afraid to get into the dirty areas if it means scoring a goal.
Carter Verhaeghe, 20 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 20GP, 8G-17A-25P
Acquired in the Michael Grabner trade, it’s uncertain what will become of Verhaeghe. He potentially possesses a two-way game fit for a bottom-six forward in the NHL.
Mitch Vande Sompel, 19 – Oshawa (OHL)
Last season: 46GP, 10G-28A-38P
The high scoring defenseman has a good year on a bad Oshawa team. Still needs to round out his overall game, but the offense is there.
Parker Wotherspoon, 18 – Tri-City (WHL)
Last season: 71GP, 11G-45A-56P
A hidden gem in the Isles system, Wotherspoon is prepared to make the leap to AHL play next season. The Isles have a special two-way defender with him.
Matt Finn, 22 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 33GP, 6G-8A-14P
Another piece acquired in the Grabner deal, Finn has struggled with injuries. His ceiling is a bottom pair defenseman.
Scott Mayfield, 23 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 54GP, 5G-7A-12P
Mayfield has seen time in the NHL in recent past and uses his big frame to his advantage. He still needs to work on his skating to become an effective everyday player.
David Quenneville, 18 – Medicine Hat (WHL)
Last season: 64GP, 14G-41A-55P
Drafted in the seventh round in 2016, Quenneville is much like Vande Sompel — good offensively but needs to round out his overall game.
Jesse Graham, 22 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 52GP, 5G-12A-17P
His offensive numbers haven’t transitioned to the next level, but he still has the instincts to put them to work.
Dylan Somerby, 21 – Boston U.
Last season: 39GP, 5G-8A-13P
Big defenseman is unlikely to ever crack the Islanders’ lineup, barring a major change.
Jake Bischoff, 21 – U. of Minnesota
Last season: 37GP, 6G-12A-18P
Smooth skating defenseman that will have to work his way up to the NHL. Solid at both end of the rink.
Kyle Burroughs, 20 – Bridgeport (AHL)
Last season: 31GP, 2G-8A-10P
Similar to what Thomas Hickey is right now. Small, not flashy, but gets the job done regardless.
Devon Toews, 22 – Quinnipiac U.
Last season: 40GP, 7G-23A-30P
Was a backbone in the Quinnipiac defense and showed poise at both ends of the rink. Like Bischoff, he will need to work for his opportunity.
Loic Leduc, 22 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 21GP, 1G-1A-2P
Big stay at home defenseman, unlikely to amount to much.
Linus Soderstrom, 19 – Vita Hasten (SWE-1)
Last season: 17GP, 7W, .927 SV%
Young goalie who has played well with Sweden at major tournament. Has the skillset to become a NHL caliber goalie.
Ilya Sorokin, 20 – CSKA (KHL)
Last season: 28GP, 17W, .953 SV%
One of the best goalie prospects in the NHL, Sorokin currently plays in the KHL but should (hopefully) make the transition over in a few years. There’s plenty of reasons to be excited about him.
Eamon McAdam, 21 – Penn State
Last season: 22GP, 13W, .913 SV%
Started for Penn State last year and has seen a little bit of pro action, but not much. Not a bad goalie, but not a star.
Stephon Williams, 23 – Missouri (ECHL)
Last season: 7GP, 2W, .892 SV%
Has struggled over the years and it continued in Missouri last year. It’ll be a long, tough road if Williams ever wants to make it to the NHL.
Other news and notes:
There could be no info pulled on defensemen Andong Song and Peter Hansson, both selected late in 2015. Additionally, Ryan Pilon, a fifth round pick in 2015, remains away from hockey.
2013 picks Ryan Pulock and Alan Quine both have become formidable NHL players and thus are left off the list.
Besides the listed Scott Mayfield, most of the 2011 prospects are gone from the organization or have transitioned to the NHL. This includes Johan Sundstrom (KHL), Robbie Russo (DET), Andrey Pedantic (VAN), Brendan Kitchton (WPG), and Ryan Strome (NHL).
Anyone beyond 2010 is not listed.
The Islanders may be losing Kyle Okposo, but it is imperative that they do not go the same route with Frans Nielsen. As the 2015-2016 season began, it seemed likely that the 32 year old center would re-sign with the team, but now, only 13 days until free agency, that is all but certain. Read the rest of this entry
The 2016 offseason is the most important offseason in general manager Garth Snow’s career. On top of trying to re-sign Kyle Okposo, Matt Martin, and Frans Nielsen, he needs to find a top line forward for John Tavares, or at the very least someone to bolster their forward group. Here are some options he could look at. Read the rest of this entry
The Islanders season ended on Sunday afternoon with a matinee loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. For the first time in over two decades, the loss came in the second round as the Islanders had previously broken their 23 year playoff drought against the Florida Panthers. Read the rest of this entry