5 Local Breakout Candidates For 2015-16 NHL SeasonHockey season is nearly upon us, and with that in mind, we'll take a look at five players from the local teams to keep an eye on as the 2015-16 campaign progresses.
Capellini: Islanders' Lack Of Impact Moves So Far This Offseason Is A Troubling SignThe Isles bowed out in the first round of last season's playoffs following a 101-point season in which they limped to the finish line. Their solution so far this offseason has been to do basically nothing.
Friedman: Islanders Don't Need To Make A Big Move To Be A Force Next SeasonThe Islanders haven’t exactly made the biggest waves so far this offseason. Still, the first day of NHL free agency was a productive one for general manager Garth Snow.
Capellini: With An Effort Most Didn't Expect, Islanders Grew Up In A Hurry In Game 1The Islanders were simply a different team in Game 1 than the one that went just 6-8-5 over the season's final quarter. They imposed their will against the Capitals.
Friedman: Maturation Off The Charts As Islanders Now Know Who They AreIn previous years, the New York Islanders found a seemingly infinite number of ways to lose hockey games. This season, they’re finally putting that creative genius to work and finding ways to win.
Capitals Beat Streaking Islanders 5-2The Islanders will try for their first six-game winning streak in seven seasons when they take on the Capitals in Washington on Friday in the back end of a home-and-home set.
Friedman: Sit At Your Table Thursday And Be Thankful For The IslandersThis is a completely different hockey team than we’ve seen in years past. The Isles have tons of offensive firepower, defensive depth and quality goaltending.
Islanders Rally In The 2nd, Beat Lightning 5-2Cal Clutterbuck, Mikhail Grabovski and Ryan Strome scored in the second period to lift the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
Friedman: When Things Get Dicey, Islanders Pull Themselves TogetherJust as the wheels appeared to be falling off, the New York Islanders pulled over to the side, brought out their toolbox and, sure enough, got back on the road.
Friedman: Projecting The Islanders' Opening Night Roster Is No Easy TaskFor weeks and weeks, we've talked about the glut of forwards the Islanders have under contract and the insane amount of depth they have in that department. It's a great problem to have, but one they need to solve -- soon.
Friedman: A Lot To Like As Islanders Prepare For Final Season At ColiseumThe Islanders are set to begin training camp and, albeit for different reasons than last year, are doing so amid a typhoon of optimism and potential.
Friedman: Islanders Better Not Play Games With Their Best Young PlayersIf Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Griffin Reinhart are going to be a big part of the Islanders' core and they have enough to get by at the NHL level right now, they need to be on the team in 2014-15, plain and simple.