Capellini: Barzal's Ascension Is Crucial To Islanders' Immediate PlansMathew Barzal needs to show that he belongs. He can't give the Islanders even the slightest reason to think otherwise.
Friedman: Petrov Making A Case To Be With Islanders To Start The SeasonThough the opening night roster is probably all but set in stone given the evidence, there are still some intriguing storylines and it’s nice to see some younger players -- both cooked and raw -- making strides.
Islanders Sign Top Pick Barzal To 3-Year DealBarzal, a 6-foot, 182-pound forward, had 12 goals and 45 assists in 44 games last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
Friedman: Snow Turned Nothing Into Something In A Hurry As Islanders Excelled At NHL DraftThe New York Islanders went into the 2015 NHL draft, which had been touted as incredibly deep, with no picks in the first two rounds. It wasn’t long before that changed in a big way.
Devils Take Zacha With 6th Pick In Draft; Isles Trade Up For Barzal, BeauvillierNew general manager Ray Shero is delivering on his promise to make the struggling Devils a more exciting team. Meanwhile, the Isles are stockpiling young talent.