After spending months of extensive research, by watching countless hours of game tape and interviewing potential draft prospects along with their respective junior hockey league coaches, it is my pleasure - here on Islanders Point Blank - to file the first annual IPB’s 2012 NHL Mock Draft.


The 2012 NHL Entry Draft – the 50th edition – will be held on June 22-23, emanating from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.


1. Edmonton – Nail Yakupov, RW, Sarnia (OHL) – The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Yakupov has been the consensus top overall choice since the first draft rankings were announced back in September. Nine months later, no other draft-eligible prospect has made the 18-year-old winger even break a sweat. By winning the draft lottery for a third straight season, becoming the first team since the 1989-91 Quebec Nordiques to select first overall three consecutive years, the Oilers hold all the cards. Yet, despite the fact that its most glaring need is on the blue line, Yakupov’s overall skill-set might just be too much to bypass. Accepting feeds from 2011 first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will give older Oilers fans the opportunity to relive their youth, as they envision Mark Messier feeding Wayne Gretzky back when the team won four Stanley Cups in five seasons.


2. Columbus – Filip Forsberg, LW, Leksands IF (SWE) – Is this the day that the Blue Jackets finally send seven-time, 30-goal scorer Rick Nash packing? If so, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Forsberg would fill a glaring need. Drawing comparisons to Anaheim’s Corey Perry, the 17-year-old Forsberg would be a tremendous complement to 2010 first round selection Ryan Johansen. Yet, despite the fact that his stock has grown since arriving last week at the NHL Scouting Combine in Toronto, all indications are that he will return to his junior team in Sweden for the 2012-13 campaign.


3. Montreal – Alex Galchenyuk, C, Sarnia (OHL) – Despite only dressing for two regular season games this past season – after suffering a torn ACL - the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Galchenyuk returned to the Sting postseason line-up without missing a beat. The Wisconsin-born, Belarusian-raised center has fully recovered from his injury. He took part in all the physical tests at the NHL Scouting Combine. Scouts marvel at his playmaking abilities, believing that it was he who elevated line-mate Yakupov’s overall play at Sarnia. Canadiens fans should be excited at the prospects of 18-year-old Galchenyuk and 23-year-old winger Max Pacioretty playing off one another, in hopes of of reviving an offense that ranked 20th in the league in goals scored.


4. ISLANDERS – Ryan Murray, D, Everett (WHL) – Filling an immediate need, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Murray, who grew up patterning his game after former New Jersey Devils defenseman and future Hall-of-Famer Scott Niedermayer, would be a steadying force to a blue line that only returns three players – Mark Streit, Travis Hamonic and Andrew McDonald – from its 2011-12 roster. The 18-year-old also played admirably for Team Canada at the recent World Championships, filling in for an injured Marc Methot. He drew rave reviews from Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. The most NHL-ready defenseman would be given every opportunity to win an opening night roster spot on Long Island.


5. Toronto – Radek Faksa, C, Kitchener (OHL) – In his first season playing on North American soil, Faksa stepped into the shadows left behind by former Kitchener captain and current Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog and excelled. Faksa collected 67 points – 29 goals and 38 assists – in 62 games. Ranked 17th in TSN Craig Button’s latest prospect rankings, Faksa’s meteoric rise up the draft boards draws similarities to that of Ryan Strome, who was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in the 2011 draft after a late surge up the draft rankings. The 18-year-old Faksa, who is also able to slide over to the wing, draws comparisons to current Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.


6. Anaheim – Matthew Dumba, D, Red Deer (WHL) – The six-foot, 185-pound Dumba is the prototypical high-risk, high reward selection. Not afraid of throwing his body around, Dumba has drawn comparisons to Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, despite giving up three inches and 30 pounds to the 27-year-old Leaf. As veteran defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is considered a question mark to return to the Ducks lineup for the 2012-13 campaign, the 17-year-old Dumba – with a solid training camp – could find his way onto the Ducks’ opening night line-up to play alongside fellow youngsters Cam Fowler and Luca Sbisa.


7. Minnesota – Jacob Trouba, D, USNTDP (USHL) – Born in neighboring Rochester, Minnesota, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Trouba showcased his talents by playing for the U.S. National Training Development Program in Ann Arbor. A stay-at-home physical defenseman in the mold of Chris Pronger, Trouba has the make-up fit for the cold winter nights in Minneapolis, St. Paul. Despite the fact that Trouba plans to attend the University of Michigan in the fall, the Wild – with patience - might be getting the draft’s top-overall defenseman in the long run.


8. Carolina – Mikhail Grigorenko, C/RW, Quebec (QMJHL) – The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Grigorenko recorded 85 points – 40 goals and 45 assists – playing for Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Once looked at as a sure-bet, top-five overall pick, Grigorenko’s work ethic has come into question. Still, at this point of the draft, the offensively-challenged Hurricanes - who still have their eyes set on reuniting Eric Staal with his brother Jordan in a potential offseason trade with the Penguins - would be foolish to let an Evgeni Malkin-clone slip through its fingertips.


9. Winnipeg – Griffin Reinhart, D, Edmonton (WHL) – The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Reinhart might be the most imposing physical defenseman to be selected in the entire draft. Yet, having just completed his second full season in Edmonton, many still question whether the son of former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart is still yet too raw to play on the NHL scene next season. Whether it has to wait an extra season or two, envision the 18-year-oldReinhart – a Shea Weber-type defenseman – clearing bodies in front of a raucous crowd at MTS Centre. He and 2008 first round pick Zach Bogosian could form a beautiful partnership.


10. Tampa Bay – Olli Maatta, D, London (OHL) – The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Maatta - just 17 years old - played his best hockey at the most opportune time for both the Knights and his personal draft standing. After collecting a respectable 32 points – five goals and 27 assists – in his first season outside of Finland, Maatta – the first overall pick in the 2011 CHL Import Draft – would became a playoff sensation playing alongside Jarrod Tinordi – a 2010 first round selection by Montreal. In 19 games, Maatta scored six goals and registered 17 assists, as he helped the Knights capture the 2012 OHL Championship Title. Maatta, who has drawn comparisons with impending UFA Ryan Suter has his sights set on playing in the NHL in the fall. He and 2009 second overall selection Victor Hedman could be a deadly duo in the Sunshine State.


11. Washington (from Colorado) – Morgan Rielly, D, Moose Jaw (WHL) – With both offensive defensemen Mike Green (RFA) and Dennis Wideman (UFA) expecting to test the free agent waters, a huge gap is left on the Capitals blue line. As John Carlson continues to mature into a bona-fide top pairing defenseman, the void on the power play – without Green or Wideman – would be glaring. Morgan Rielly, a 6-foot, 190-pound defenseman, might just be what the doctor ordered. Despite missing 50 games last season with a knee injury, the 18-year-old Rielly – who has drawn comparisons to Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson - is an offensive dynamo from the blue line. Considered by many the top offensive defenseman in the entire draft, Rielly might need some fine tuning back in Moose Jaw, but he isn’t long for an NHL invite.


12. Buffalo – Teuvo Teravainen, LW, Jokerit (Finland) – While the team continues to pursue Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh in a offseason trade, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Teravainen would be no consolation prize to a team in dire need of scoring punch. Having played the past four seasons in his native Finland, the 17-year-old Teravainen – who has been compared to Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky - would follow in the footsteps of fellow diminutive forwards Nathan Gerbe (5-foot-5) and Tyler Ennis (5-foot-9) on a journey to upstate New York. He is a project with top-six upside and 30-goal potential.


13. Dallas – Cody Ceci, D, Ottawa (OHL) – The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Ceci more than doubled his previous two seasons’ point total – 46 - with a 60-point campaign in 64 games for the 2011-12 Ottawa 67’s. Finishing second to Niagara’s Dougie Hamilton (72) in OHL scoring for a defenseman, also helped him elevate his overall draft status. A projected top-four NHL defenseman, Ceci would provide immediate depth on an aging Stars blue line, as both Stephane Robidas and Sheldon Souray’s NHL careers are winding down. The 18-year-old Ceci has drawn comparisons to Calgary’s Anton Babchuk.


14. Calgary – Matt Finn, D, Guelph (OHL) – As both Cory Sarich and Scott Hannan head into free agency in the next couple of weeks, the Calgary Flames are sure to be looking to add quality depth on their blue line. Enter 6-foot-2, 200-pound Matt Finn. When interviewed earlier this year, Finn referred to himself as a defenseman who plays “a quiet game”. Quiet to some might mean non-descript, yet to other’s Finn’s steady play could translate into a defenseman ready to embark on a 10-to-15 year NHL career. Compared to Carolina’s Tim Gleason, the 18-year-old Finn isn’t showy or flashy, yet he might be a player who could be a building block in Alberta.


15. Ottawa – Sebastian Collberg, RW, Frolunda HC (Sweden) – No better introduction to the NHL game than learning from fellow countrymen Karlsson and Daniel Alfredsson, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Collberg possesses a deadly snap shot. Compared to Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, the 18-year-old Collberg could use another year or two of development time in Sweden. Yet, when ready, he should see 2011 first round pick and fellow countryman Mika Zibanejad on his line.


16. Washington – Brendan Gaunce, C, Belleville (OHL) – Mature beyond his years, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Gaunce was named assistant captain of his OHL team at just 17 years old. Learning from older brother Cameron – a Colorado Avalanche draft pick – who himself played alongside Steven Stamkos and Michael Del Zotto, back in their school-boy days in Markham, Ontario, Brendan elevated his play in his second OHL season, collecting 68 points in 68 games. With hopes of transitioning their play from the frustrations that impending UFA Alexander Semin brought to them on a nightly basis, the Capitals need not worry about Gaunce – a future NHL captain – who will bring his proverbial lunch pail to the office and play with maximum intensity.


17. San Jose – Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough (OHL) – Coming off a season-ending shoulder injury, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Koekkoek could be the type of jewel that San Jose is looking for. After suffering through another early playoff exit, transitioning a hungry Koekkoek into a veteran lineup might be the juice that this organization is needed. Learning from perennial all-stars Dan Boyle and Brent Burns could help ease Koekkoek’s transition onto the NHL scene. Compared to Vancouver’s Alexander Edler, the 18-year-old Koekkoek was recently cleared by medical doctors at the NHL Scouting Combine with full bill of health.


18. Chicago – Tom Wilson, RW, Plymouth (OHL) – Once the Windy City takes a first glance at the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Tom Wilson, they will instantly fall in love. Blue collar by nature, the 18-year-old Wilson could be the spark that this organization – frustrated by a first-round exit to Phoenix – needs. He is willing and able to engage physically. One should expect Vince Vaughn to don Wilson’s sweater just days after he steps foot on the United Center ice. Wilson draws comparisons to Boston’s Milan Lucic.


19. Tampa Bay (from Detroit) – Derrick Pouliot, D, Portland (WHL) – Needing much-needed depth on the blue line, the six-foot, 190-pound Pouliot is another one of those steady defensemen destined for a long and productive NHL career. Playing against the likes of Dumba, Rielly, Reinhart and Murray in defensive-laden Western Hockey League has matured Pouliot to the player that he is today. Finishing fourth amongst WHL defenders in points scored, the 18-year-old Pouliot couldn’t ask for two better mentors to hone his game than Lightning defensemen Eric Brewer and Mattias Ohlund.


20. Philadelphia – Brady Skjei, D, USDP (USHL) – Having already committed to the University of Minnesota, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Skjei provides the Flyers organization a presence on the back end. As defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger are fully aware that their best years are behind them, the 18-year-old Skjei could be that big, physical defenseman that should help the likes of Niklas Grossmann and Braydon Coburn in the future. Yet, patience is a virtue. Don’t expect him to don a Flyers sweater for at least three seasons.


21. Buffalo (from Nashville) - Zemgus Girgensons, C, Dubuque (USHL) – Committed to the University of Vermont in the fall, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Girgensons possesses a skill-set that have many scouts comparing him to Chicago’s Jonathon Toews. A native of Latvia, Girgensons has honed his skills stateside, playing for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. In his two seasons in Dubuque, Girgensons has collected 104 points in 100 games. The 18-year-old Girgensons is projected to be a top-six forward on the pro level, and could provide the Sabres some desperately needed scoring punch, come 2014.


22. Pittsburgh – Tomas Hertl, LW, Slavia (CZE) – Having selected Jaromir Jagr fifth overall back in the 1990 NHL Draft, the Penguins are definitely not shy in plucking young talent from overseas. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Hertl – who has drawn comparisons to Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal - plays a strong two-way game, and projects as a top-six forward on the NHL level. Having just completed his first full season playing for Slavia Praha HC, one would expect the Penguins to allow Hertl to develop even more, until ready.


23. Florida – Henrik Samuelsson, C/RW, Edmonton (WHL) – Son of former Pittsburgh Penguins Ulf Samuelsson, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Samuelsson transitioned quite well to the North American game this past season. While playing 28 games for head coach Derek Laxdal and the Edmonton Oil Kings, Samuelsson scored seven goals and added 16 assists. He also racked up 42 penalty minutes, much to his father’s approval. In 17 playoff games, Samuelsson raised his play, scoring four goals and adding 10 assists, as he helped the Oil Kings capture the 2012 WHL Championship Title. For the Panthers, Samuelsson’s frame would be a welcoming addition. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf.


24. Boston – Malcolm Subban, G, Belleville (OHL) – Brother of Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban – a pest to Bruins nation – Malcolm, 18, is more mild mannered that his older sibling. Subban also plays between the pipes, and has the athleticism to be a franchise goaltender. With word that Bruins net-minder Tim Thomas is unsure whether he wants to play in the 2012-13 season, the Bruins might be ready to groom a potential franchise-building goaltender. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Subban, whom scouts compare favorably to Canadiens net-minder Carey Price, posted a 2.50 GAA in 39 games played.


25. St. Louis – Pontus Aberg, LW, Djurgardens (SWE) – A speedster off the far wing, Aberg’s lightning quick first step has already intrigued NHL scouts. The Blues, who are always looking to add quality depth up front to complement a defense that was the stingiest in the entire NHL, allowed a league-low 1.89 goals against per game. Compared favorably to Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, Aberg’s offensive awareness is the reason why many project him to be a top-six forward when he comes stateside. The 18-year-old is expected to play for Djurgardens in 2012-13.


26. Vancouver – Colton Sissons, RW, Kelowna (WHL) – Born in Northwest Vancouver, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Sissons would be a popular choice amongst Canucks fans. Projected to play power forward in the NHL, the 18-year-old Sissons is already mature enough to captain his WHL team at age 18. Sissons, who models his game after fellow Canuck Ryan Kesler, plays a similar two-way style alike his future mate. He should be an instant fan favorite.


27. Phoenix – Scott Laughton, C, Oshawa (OHL) – The six-foot, 170-pound Laughton models his two-way game after Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards. In his second season in Oshawa, the 18-year-old Laughton collected 53 points – 21 goals and 32 assists – in 64 games. Projected as a second line center, Laughton might need another year of seasoning to build up his body before joining his brethren in the desert. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Boston’s Brad Marchand, based on his willingness to throw his body around and having the ability to be a thorn in an opponent’s side.


28. N.Y. Rangers – Stefan Matteau, LW, USNTDP (USHL) – A product of the infamous Notre Dame Academy in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Matteau is projected as a power forward on the NHL level. Matteau, son of former Rangers playoff hero Stephane Matteau, played the past two seasons for the USNTDP juniors, where he collected 19 points in 46 games. He is scheduled to play for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL in the fall. The 18-year-old’s game compares favorably to current Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. Can a “Matteau, Matteau, Matteau” be in the cards for the 2015 Rangers?


29. New Jersey*(&) - Dalton Thrower, D, Saskatoon (WHL) – The six-foot, 195-pound Thrower is known for his hard-nosed, no nonsense play on the back end. Yet, this past season in Saskatoon, Thrower showed a propensity of being more of an offensive threat. He recorded 54 points – 18 goals and 36 assists – in 66 games. In his first two seasons in Saskatoon, Thrower was only able to muster 27 points in 123 games. Still, Thrower lives and dies with his intensity he brings onto the ice – night in and night out. The 18-year-old has drawn comparisons to Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa, and would be a solid replacement to Bryce Salvador, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


30. Los Angeles* - Scott Kosmachuk, RW, Guelph (OHL) – The six-foot, 185-pound Kosmachuk collected 59 points – 30 goals and 29 assists – in his second full season at the ’O’. Known as a smooth skater with a quick release, Kosmachuk possesses a quick motor that doesn’t stop. Having an opportunity to learn from Kings captain Dustin Brown can’t help but expedite the 18-year-old’s development. He has drawn comparisons to Colorado’s Steve Downie, and should be a potential top-nine forward when he is physically ready to play in the NHL.


* - Pick to be decided between Stanley Cup Winner and Runner-up.


& - Pick might be forfeited after team circumvented the salary cap to resign Ilya Kovalchuk back in the summer of 2010.

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders selected Robin Salo (second round), Benjamin Mirageas (third round), Sebastian Aho (fifth round), Arnaud Durandeau (sixth round) and Logan Cockerill (seventh round) in the 2017 NHL draft.

Salo, 18, is a Finnish defenseman who put up one goal and 15 assists in 65 games with Sport Vaasa of the Finnish Liiga last season.

Mirageas is an 18-year-old American defenseman bound for Providence College. He helped the Chicago Steel win the USHL championship while posting 10 assists in 14 games.

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have traded Travis Hamonic to Calgary for multiple draft picks.

The Islanders receive:

  • 2018 First Round Pick
  • 2018 Second Round Pick
  • 2nd Round Pick in 2019 or 2020

The Flames receive:

  • Hamonic
  • 4th round pick in 2019 or 2020

On the conditions of some of the picks, Bob McKenzie tweets, "If CGY sends NYI a 2nd in 2019, the 4th the Flames get back is also in 2019. If CGY sends 2nd in 2020, the 4th rder they get back is 2020."

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Florida Panthers have named former Islanders head coach Jack Capuano an associate coach on head coach Bob Boughner's staff, the team announced Friday.

"I am extremely excited to join the Florida Panthers organization," said Capuano. "I want to thank Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu for putting their trust in me and Dale for giving me an opportunity to work with Bob, one of the great young minds in the game. My familiarity with the Panthers has grown a lot throughout the past few years and I'm eager to work with such a young, talented group of players."

Capuano served as head coach of the Islanders from 2010-2017, earning a 227-192-64 record. The Islanders made three playoff appearances under Capuano.

"I am thrilled to welcome Jack to our coaching staff," said Boughner "He is a knowledgeable and experienced voice to have behind our bench that will work well with our young players."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Brian Erni and I begin our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.

We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through the beginning of training camp in September. Of course, there are a couple of things to sort out prior, such as free agency and potential trades that could alter the look of this franchise going forward.

Tags: Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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(Perry Nelson)

The Islanders have acquired RW Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for C Ryan Strome, the Isles announced Thursday.

"I'm super excited to be a part of the Islanders organization," Eberle said, according to James Duthie of TSN. "Also grateful for the chance the Oilers gave me coming into the NHL."

Eberle, who said he's relieved the trade is done, called John Tavares a "generational player" and said he was looking forward to playing with him.

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

The Islanders traded forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2019 second-round pick to have the Las Vegas Golden Knights select goaltender J-F Berube

Grabovski, who had 44 points in his first two seasons in New York, has not suited up in a game for the Islanders since March 2016 after he suffered a concussion. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. 

Bischoff, a seventh-round pick in 2012, had three points in six games with the AHL's Sound Tigers last season after finishing his time at the University of Minnesota. 

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General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Islanders owners Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin are looking to sell a 15 percent stake in the team, according to the NY Post's Josh Kosman.

They have not had any luck in selling the stake, with the team valued at $500 million, as potential buyers are skeptical. The pitch is telling potential buyers they are looking to diversify.

As of now, the Islanders may need to find a new home following the 2018-19 season, as they have a mutual out-clause with Barclays Center, and the venue doesn't want to keep the team as tenants.

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New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)
New York Islanders defensemen Travis Hamonic (3) takes a slap shot against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. (James Guillory)

Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is the 2017 recipient of the NHL's Foundation Player Award, which is presented to a player "who applies the core values of (ice) hockey-commitment, perseverance and teamwork-to enrich the lives of people in his community"

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New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski skates on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders are reportedly likely to lose forward Mikhail Grabovski to the Las Vegas Golden Knights as part of expansion draft trades, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

The Islanders only put three forwards -- John TavaresAnders Lee and Andrew Ladd -- on the protected list, as Jason ChimeraCasey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck were among the 25 players they made available.

New York will reportedly send its first-round pick to Vegas in order to prevent the Golden Knights from taking one of their forwards. There will be a third component to the deal, according to Staple, however it is not yet known what it would be.

Tags: Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin
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(Nicole Sweet)

Yesterday, the NHL created a little drama when they announced, at 9:58 a.m., that protected lists for each team for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, set for 10 a.m., would be pushed back 30 minutes to 10:30 a.m.

The head scratching move, for which no reason was ever officially given, started the wave of social media activity that would not slow for all of Father's Day.

There was plenty of venom spewed towards Islanders general manager, Garth Snow, when the lists were finally made available to the public as New York was the only team in the entire league to protect five defenseman and only three forwards, two of whom were automatic, captain John Tavares and winger Andrew Ladd.

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New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) looks on during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders will give up a first round pick in order to keep the Las Vegas Golden Knights from taking one of New York's forwards in the NHL expansion draft, according to a report from Darren Dreger of TSN.

Forwards Jason ChimeraCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck, Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome are among the 25 players the Islanders have made available for the Golden Knights, who must pick one player from each team and take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies in the expansion draft.

John TavaresAnders Lee, and Andrew Ladd were the only three forwards the Islanders decided to protect in the expansion draft.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome
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The New York Rangers and Islanders have revealed their protected players and those who will be eligible for the upcoming expansion draft.

John TavaresAnders Lee and Andrew Ladd are the only three forwards the New York Islanders will protect in the NHL expansion draft.

Forwards Jason ChimeraCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson are among the 25 players the Islanders have made available for the Las Vegas Golden Knights, who must pick one player from each team and take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies in the expansion draft.

The Islanders will also protect goalie Thomas Greiss and defensemen Johnny BoychukTravis HamonicNick LeddyAdam Pelech and Ryan Pulock.

Las Vegas will submit its draft selections by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

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(AP)

The Islanders are near the top of the list of teams interested in trading for Edmonton's RW Jordan Eberleaccording to a report from NHL insider Darren Dreger

There are six or seven teams that have interest in acquiring Eberle, according to Dreger, with the Islanders and the Avalanche seeming to be the frontrunners.

"What's the return? Does Edmonton get a winger back, like a third line player and a smaller deal so they can absorb the cap relief in moving Eberle's contract out?" asked Dreger on TSN1260. "Or can they be patient and finally (Islanders GM) Garth Snow goes, 'OK, I need that player just to keep John Tavares happy and keep him in the mix here long-term, so I'm willing to give up on Travis Hamonic.' I think there's a bit of gamesmanship that is happening in this process."

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A general view of the ice surface prior to the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders in game six of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Andy Marlin)
A general view of the ice surface prior to the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders in game six of the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders will begin their 2017-2018 preseason schedule with a game at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, against the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Thursday morning.

The game will take place on Sunday, September 17 at 1pm.

The preseason opener will mark the first time the Islanders have played in its former home since the end of the 2014-2015 season.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

The Islanders are hiring another former teammate of head coach Doug Weight in Kelly Buchberger, per Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson.

Neither team has confirmed the report, but according to Matheson, local sources are saying they have known for weeks that Buchberger was joining Weight's staff. 

Buchberger served as head of player personnel for the Oilers last season. He was also an assistant coach for the team for six years. 

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 (Sergei Belski)
(Sergei Belski)

With the Stanley Cup Final in the rear view mirror, all of the soon-to-be 31 NHL teams are prepping for an Expansion and Entry Draft frenzy, and Darren Dreger thinks the Islanders are a team to watch.

Dreger said on Tuesday on Montreal's TSN 690 that the Islanders are one of the most intriguing clubs leading up to the two drafts, and GM Garth Snow does have a preference on what defense man he'd like to hold onto. 

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This probably doesn't come as much of a surprise. De Haan had a splendid year last year, and Hamonic had a down one, so it's better to sell high on Calvin than low on Travis. Plus, Hamonic is an alternate captain and one of the most vocal leaders in the dressing room. I'm sure the Isles would love to hang onto both if they could. I just don't see how they will...

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(Scott Rovak)

The Islanders do not have interest in signing F Ilya Kovalchukreports Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Kovalchuk wants to return to the NHL next season, and the Devils have given him and his agent permission to seek a deal with other teams, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN.

New Jersey still holds the forward's rights as Kovalchuk left the NHL in the middle of his contract with the Devils.

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New York Islanders right wing Steve Bernier (16) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Islanders won 2-1. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders right wing Steve Bernier (16) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Islanders won 2-1. (Sergei Belski)

The Islanders have signed F Steve Bernier to a two-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract, the team announced Friday.

Bernier, 32, had 16 goals and 10 assists in 33 games with Bridgerport of the AHL last season.

In 633 career games with the Islanders, Devils, Panthers, Canucks, Sabres, and Sharks, Bernier has 105 goals and 125 assists. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Newly hired Islanders assistant coach Scott Gomez knows his first foray into coaching won't be easy and that he has a lot to learn.

Gomez recently spoke to Yahoo's Sean Leahy and told the Puck Daddy writer that it's his responsibility to learn every position on the ice so that he can be a complete coach.

"You've got to know every position or what the hell's the point?" said Gomez, whose deal with the Islanders is for two years. "What happens if I have to answer a defensive question? Believe it or not I've had coaches, you ask them a question, 'Oh, I don't know.' 'What do you mean I don't know? You're the coach.' 'Oh, I'm the offensive coach.' That never made sense to me."

Gomez also said that that part of his philosophy is to treat every player the same, whether he's the captain or a fourth liner.

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(Isaiah J. Downing)

Reports have indicated that the Islanders are in the market for a top-six forward, and blue line mainstay Travis Hamonic could be a player New York deals to make it happen. Will the Isles trade a core piece away to improve up front? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

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There have been some murmurs that the Islanders are getting ready to deal a defensemen to procure a top-six forward, and one name that has popped up is Travis Hamonic. Should the Isles trade Hamonic, under team control for another three seasons, to make that forward upgrade?

Tags: Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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(Islanders on Twitter)

Islanders legend Mike Bossy penned a letter to his 14-year-old self in the latest edition of The Players' Tribune.

The 60-year-old Bossy tells his 14-year-old self about the current state of the NHL, the need to savor the experience of being a player, his relationship with legendary coach Al Arbour, and more.

"For whatever reason, some people will resent you for being a goal scorer," Bossy writes. "Other teams are going to target you, big time. You'll get jumped from behind. Sucker punched. Completely knocked out by blindside hits. (In the future, there's a serious injury called a concussion. You don't know what this is yet, but unfortunately you're going to have quite a few.)

Read Bossy's full letter at The Players' Tribune

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. (Aaron Doster)

John Tavares is now more willing to wait on an extension with the Islanders, according to Darren Dreger of TSN.

Tavares and his agent, Pat Brisson, feel more comfortable with the general direction of the Islanders, from their new home to what their plans are to build the team into a contender.

Dreger went on to add that a large factor on Tavares' future with the Islanders depends on what pieces GM Garth Snow is able to add in the near future. With New York unable to protect all four of their young defenders from the expansion draft, Dreger believes either Calvin de Haan or Travis Hamonic will be traded. If the Islanders can acquire a top-six forward for one of those players, that could go a long way in helping convince Tavares to sign a long-term extension.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Travis Hamonic
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Justine Ward visits Islanders goaltending coach Mike Dunham to discuss the Islanders' offseason plan of attack.

Justine Ward visits Islanders goaltending coach Mike Dunham to discuss the Islanders' offseason plan of attack.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR debates the merits of New York City as the toughest town to play for athletes. 

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New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) works out prior to game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders could trade Travis Hamonic in exchange for Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers or Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, according to Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger of TSN.

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The NHL Draft kicks off on June 23 at 7 p.m., and the Islanders currently hold the 15th pick? What should they do with it? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...

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The Isles hold the 15th pick in what experts say is a very shallow draft. So, Andy, what strategy should the Isles take? Explore a trade up? Trade down or trade the pick away? Or just stand pat?

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(John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Doug Weight knows how pivotal this offseason is for his club, and it all starts with John Tavares.

Weight joined Sirius XM NHL Network Radio earlier this week and shared his thoughts of Tavares' contract situation. The Islanders captain can sign an extension with New York as early as July 1.

"Yeah, we've already signed him. It's the drawer. No, just kidding," joked Weight. "Listen, it's a situation that a lot of players have the opportunity to walk through. John loves it here. He is an unbelievable hockey player and leader for us. It's real important, and we're doing everything we can to show him [we appreciate him]. John wants to win Cups. He wants to have a chance to win multiple Stanley Cups. That's what he wants. That's what's in his heart. That's what drives him. That's what makes him great. He wants to be a Hall of Fame player.

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Oct 29, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk (25) during the third period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 29, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward James Van Riemsdyk (25) during the third period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

We've come to the last version of our offseason look at what players might help get the New York Islanders over the hump and not only back in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but further than they have since 1993. 

We decided to go the trade route as the free agent market looks barren and with tons of money coming off the books next season, including the albatross contracts of Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolay Kulemin, general manager Garth Snow could be in prime position to pluck a restricted free agent or pending unrestricted free agent next year, off the hands of a troubled colleague looking to save some money on his own ledger.  

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The 1982-83 New York Islanders were ranked the seventh-best NHL team in history, according to NHL.com.

As a promotion for this year's Stanley Cup Final, NHL.com asked fans to vote on 96 Stanley Cup champions to see what team was the greatest of all-time. Though the Isles won four straight championships from 1980-1983, it was their team in 1983 that was deemed seventh of all-time.

The Islanders finished 42-26-12 that season, and didn't look to be favorites to win the cup. They scored 83 fewer goals than the season before and finished tied sixth in points with 96 for the year. However, their experience from the previous three seasons proved vital in their quest for a fourth straight title.

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General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view of the opening face-off between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders won't play four games at Nassau Coliseum despite a 2013 agreement between the developer and Nassau county, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Newsday's Robert Brodsky and Jim Baumbach.

Nassau County's lease with Bruce Ratner reportedly called for four regular season games and two preseason games at the Coliseum over the next 10 years, according to Newsday, though the NHL has not discussed approving said games, according to the report.

While the Islanders moved to Barclays Center two years ago, there have been reports indicating that Barclays Center operators are trying to get the Islanders to return to the Coliseum.

However, the organization and the arena reportedly negotiating a temporary agreement that would not force the Islanders out of the arena after two years.

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Islanders have hired Scott Gomez as an assistant coach, the team announced Tuesday.

Gomez, 37, retired in 2016 after a 17-year career in the NHL that included stints with the Devils, Rangers, Canadiens, Sharks, Panthers, Blues, and Senators.

He had 181 goals and 575 assists during his career, and was part of Stanley Cup Championship teams with the Devils in 2000 and 2003.

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(Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter:

We've been spending the early part of our summer at Islanders Point Blank taking a look around the league and playing armchair general manger, analyzing potential trade targets for Garth Snow as he looks to get his club back to the playoffs.

In part one and part two, we stressed that this is in no way indicative of what 'will' happen, only our opinion of who could be available and able to help provide the kind of help captain John Tavares needs to get the organization to the next level.

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(John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders will need to add a top-six forward and other forwards to add depth and improve ahead of next season, argues Scott Cullen of TSN in an edition of "Off-Season Game Plan."

Cullen predicts the team will acquire Islanders will acquire Teddy Purcell, Gabriel Dumont, and Michael Hutchinson, but added that the team's top concern this off-season must be to keep John Tavares, who has just one more year remaining on his contract.

The Islanders won their final six games of the season, but narrowly missed out on a playoff spot.

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

Islanders new head coach Doug Weight admitted he took on too much last season and is ready for new help, according to the NY Post

Weight, who took over as interim head coach following the firing of Jack Capuano on Jan. 17, didn't think the atmosphere of the bench on game nights as things didn't feel right. It was during a game on a road trip that he realized he couldn't take on the task of being head coach of an NHL team alone. 

"I didn't watch the entire game, I kind of watched clips," Weight said. "I didn't go out all night and not go to practice in the morning. My point was, I changed it a little bit, and I did it a little easier because I wanted to make sure I was doing the [individual meetings] as well as I could. 

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Feb 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) shoots the puck against the New York Rangers during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 16, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (4) shoots the puck against the New York Rangers during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was named Best Defenseman of the 2017 IIHF World Championships by the Tournament Directorate on Monday. 

Playing for host nation Germany, Seidenberg notched a goal and seven assists in eight games. He also served as assistant captain for Germany. 

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(Sergei Belski)

The Detroit Red Wings could have interest in trading for D Calvin de Haanaccording to Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet.

Friedman went on to say the Islanders are worried about losing de Haan in next month's expansion draft to the Vegas Golden Knights.

New York might choose to trade de Haan, who has played well during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, rather than lose him in the expansion draft and get nothing in return.

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General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders have named Luke Richardson an assistant coach on Doug Weight's staff.

Richardson's last NHL coaching experience was as an assistant for the Ottawa Senators from 2009 to 2012. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the AHL Binghamton Senators from 2012-16

"Luke brings a tireless work ethic and outstanding character to our organization," Weight said in a release from the team. "He'll have his hands on every aspect of the team, including our systems, skill development, and team culture. Luke's coaching experience, including four years running an organization as Head Coach in Binghamton, make him an excellent addition to our staff."

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(Scott Rovak)

Don't check your calendar. Yes, it's 2017 and we're talking about Ilya Kovalchuk. The 34-year-old is eyeing a return to the NHL, and he reportedly has a desire to play in the New York market. Could the Islanders be a fit? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Elliotte Friedman said this week that the Islanders could make sense as a destination for Ilya Kovalchuk. What do you think, Andy? Any chance the Isles can land the former 50-goal scorer?

Tags: John Tavares, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin)

Islanders prospect Matt Barzal and the Seattle Thunderbirds defeated the Regina Pats 4-3 in Game 6 in overtime to give the franchise its first WHL title in its 40-year history.

Barzal, who scored seven goals and 18 assists in 16 games in the postseason, was named the WHL playoff MVP.

With the WHL title, the Thunderbirds will join the QMJHL's Saint John Sea Dogs, and the OHL's Erie Otters and Windsor Spitfires, in the four-team Memorial Cup tournament.

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Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 21, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, we began a four-part series taking a look at players that general manager Garth Snow might take a look at this offseason in the hopes of reshaping his roster ahead of the 2017-18 season. Today, we move on to part two

With the free agent market looking sub-par, trades might be the only option for Snow to try and get the right pieces that will lead the Islanders back to the playoffs, after missing this previous season by one point. While players get their injuries treated, some even surgically, general managers focus on the upcoming expansion draft and there should be no shortage of action leading up to this year's entry draft in Chicago on Friday, June 23.

To reiterate, this is all purely speculative and just my opinion on some players who, I believe, could help the Islanders get to the next level. The trade market is extremely fluid and almost impossible to predict until any deal actually is completed and submitted to the league office. Still, it's always fun to discuss.

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(Brad Penner)

The NHL will expand for the 2017-18 season, as the Vegas Golden Knights enter the league for their inaugural season. At the June 21 Expansion Draft, Golden Knights GM and former Islanders vice president George McPhee will start to assemble his club. So how will the Isles protect their players, and who will they lose? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

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The expansion draft is just over a month away, and - when it comes to protecting a roster - the Islanders are one of the most intriguing teams in the league. So, Andy, what do you think Garth Snow does in preparation of the Golden Knights making their selections?

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General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders have agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with G Linus Soderstrom, the team announced Thursday.

Soderstrom, 20, led HV71 to the 2017 Swedish Hockey League Championship, posting a 2.11 GAA and .922 save percentage while going 12-4.

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General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of opening tip off during the first period between the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

When Howie Rose decided to shock Islanders nation and announce his retirement from broadcasting hockey in May of 2016, everyone wondered who would be the next up to take over the microphone and perform the difficult task of painting the action on the ice for an entire fanbase of rabid, loyal fans watching on their television sets.

Rumors swirled of candidates interviewing with MSG networks for the job. When 32-year old Brendan Burke was announced as the successor, many simply showed a confused expression and uttered the words, "who"? Everyone, however, would learn real quick who Burke was and come to admire and appreciate his smooth style as the Islanders pushed through a topsy-turvy 2016-17 season. National networks even paid attention, as Burke was selected to work the Western conference playoffs in San Jose and Anaheim as part of NBCSN's coverage.

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(John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Islanders forward John Tavares is expected to be fully ready for next season after he reportedly underwent hand surgery in April, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

Tavares' right hand is scheduled to be out of a cast next week after he underwent surgery a week after the Islanders' season ended, Staple reports. Tavares reportedly had an issue that lingered throughout the season.

Once his hand is removed from the cast, he is expected to continue his offseason training regimen, according to Staple.

The 26-year-old Tavares scored 28 goals and recorded 38 assists in 77 games for the Islanders last season. He is eligible to sign a contract extension with the team on July 1.

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New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)
New York Islanders head coach Doug Weight on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski)

The offseason is always ripe with plenty of speculation and tension. Long suffering fanbases put their trust in management to identify the steps needed to be taken to get their teams to the next level. 

For the New York Islanders, this spring and summer looks to be even more vital, as in addition to looking at roster improvements, the cloud of a future home and contract status of their captain and most important player hangs over the head of the organization. What they do on all fronts will no doubt alter the look of this team for the foreseeable future.

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Sep 23, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 23, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Islanders goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin has been selected to play for the Russian Men's National Team in the IIHF World Hockey Championship that takes place May 5-21. 

The 21-year-old played on the Russian team last year, winning a bronze medal.

Sorokin was the Islanders' third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He had a 1.61 goals against average, including five shutouts, and a .929 save percentage with CSKA Moscow this season.

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New York Islanders players watch from the bench. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders players watch from the bench. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

The Worcester Railers will be the New York Islanders' new ECHL affiliate, the organization announced Friday.

The Railers, who will play at the DCU Center, join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers as the Islanders' primary minor league affiliates.

"The proximity of having our ECHL team within driving distance from Bridgeport and the Islanders is a definite benefit," Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a press release.

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

This summer stands to be one full of franchise-defining issues for the Islanders. In a series of roundtables, SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano will discuss these topics. The guys have taken on Garth Snow's potential fate, and the chances of building a new arena at Belmont Park. In the final installment, it's the chances of signing captain John Tavares to an extension…

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

The Islanders have begun to prep their pitch for an extension to John Tavares. So Andy, what do you think is the linchpin to getting this thing done this summer?

Tags: John Tavares, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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