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New Season, Different Outlook

In years past, the start of the hockey season meant only one thing for the New York Islanders: Which team will be our main competition for a lottery pick in the upcoming draft? Well those days are over, thanks to a roster filled with young and talented playmakers and the crafty veterans ready to teach these kids what it means to succeed in the NHL. Last season saw John Tavares begin to develop into the player the Isles expected when they drafted him #1 overall and Kyle Okposo become a solid 2-way player with lots of offensive upside. Add Comeau, Bailey, Schremp and of course, Moulson to that mix and you have a solid core of guys, all under 26 years old and only getting better.

The biggest question mark for the Isles will of course be the health of Rick DiPietro and whether or not he can handle the physical stress of an entire NHL season (or even 20 games). As the saying goes, you only can go as far as your goalie can carry you. Rolo played big in DP’s absence last year, and he will be called upon again this year to play big minutes. At 41 years old in October, he has the experience this team needs to be successful, so hopefully he has the legs the team needs as well.

After training camp, when the final rosters have been set, we will put together our season outlook for the Isles, Devils and Rangers and where these teams may stand come playoff time. For now, before the first puck has been dropped, the Islanders have something going for them that has been missing from Uniondale for a long, long time: A team worth watching.

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