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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates his goal with teammates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin celebrates his goal with teammates against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

What we're seeing lately with regard to the New York Islanders is not unprecedented. The team is suffering from what I warned of, in print and on the Secondary Assist podcast: A regression. All teams go through it. The larger question is, how soon until they get out of it?

The answer to that will ultimately decide their 2017-18 fate, not the sole fact that they suffered one...

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Jaroslav Halak, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Hickey, Andy Graziano
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Dec 7, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) steals the puck from New York Islanders center Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports (Don Wright)
Dec 7, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) steals the puck from New York Islanders center Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the first period of an NHL hockey game at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don Wright-USA TODAY Sports (Don Wright)

Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson scored goals in the third period help the Islanders tie the game, but Pittsburgh's Matt Hunwick scored the game-winner in overtime to lead the Penguins to a 4-3. win >> Box score

Tags: Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal
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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

Despite the Islanders making a comeback, lack of penalty kills forced their hand in the loss to the Lightning, 6-2, on Tuesday night. 

It was a slow first period with the Isles only taking three shots on net. However, the second saw a different team that would muster two goals to tie the game up. Momentum looked to be on the side of the road team, but two penalties would change all of that as the Lightning capitalized on both power-play chances at the end of the second to take a controlling 4-2 lead that they wouldn't surrender the rest of the way. 

After awful penalty kills of late, head coach Doug Weight is confused as to what happened to his unit. 

Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Thomas Greiss
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Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Russ Farwell, the longtime general manager of the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds, knows how difficult it is to select the best teenage hockey players in the NHL Draft. As a former GM of the Flyers in the early '90s, like his colleagues he had his share of hits and misses.

But even Farwell was surprised to see the uniquely gifted Mathew Barzal, one of the best players in Seattle history, go unselected for 15 picks - including selections 13, 14 and 15 by the Boston Bruins - before Garth Snow and the Islanders snapped him up in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"We were aware of teams across the NHL that had Mathew as high as fourth or fifth overall in their rankings," Farwell said in a phone conversation from Seattle. "I know Carolina liked him a lot, but decided to go with a good defenseman [Noah Hanfin, fifth overall]. And sure, I was bit surprised he went by those picks Boston had."

Tags: John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Chris Botta
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 (Robert Mayer)
(Robert Mayer)

It was a crazy game down in Orlando, but the Islanders managed to squeak out two points on the road thanks to Mathew Barzal

This game saw everything from a star goalie in Roberto Luongo carried off the ice with an injury to Cal Clutterbuck needing to be held back from an official. The cherry on top was the 4-4 tie that couldn't be settled in overtime, and needed a shootout to determine a winner. Luckily for the Isles, Jaroslav Halak was a brick wall and Barzal was the only player to find the back of the net. 

It was wild, but the Islanders will be happy leaving Florida with two points...

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal
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New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers in a shootout after scoring four goals apiece in regulation on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:25 FLA Keith Yandle
  • 13:15 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech

Second period:

  • 5:35 NYI Thomas Hickey; Assist: Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 8:45 FLA Aaron Ekblad (power play); Assists: Yandle, Vincent Trocheck
  • 10:34 FLA Aleksander Barkov (power play); Assists: Yandle, Trocheck
  • 16:19 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Ho-Sang, Jason Chimera
  • 18:21 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy

Third period:

  • 5:06 FLA Denis Malgin; Assists: Trocheck, Jamie McGinn
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey
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Dec 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 1, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders lost their first game in regulation at Barclays Center this season Friday night to the Ottawa Senators, a wild 6-5 affair, and the reaction on social media from some was….well, sadly, expected.

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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 (Marc DesRosiers)
(Marc DesRosiers)

Another strong effort, another win at the beloved Barc…fun, right?

Garth Snow and Doug Weight's club has been a blast the first 24 games of the season. To the people who cover the league closely but the Islanders not closely enough, they are one of the surprise early hits of the season.

Like a lot of things when it comes to the Islanders, and this has almost always been the case throughout their history, it's like no one saw this coming.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Chris Botta
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Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

23 games in and it's clear to see these are not your 2016-17 New York Islanders, who stumbled out of the gate, leading to a one-point deficit in their chase to return to the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

Tags: Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Andy Graziano
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Nov 19, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders defensemen Nick Leddy (2) celebrate his first period goal with defensemen Johnny Boychuk (55) against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 19, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders defensemen Nick Leddy (2) celebrate his first period goal with defensemen Johnny Boychuk (55) against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

It's been a complete 180 for the New York Islanders since the 2016-17 season under the early season leadership of Jack Capuano, as the team is 12-7-2 for 26 points -- an eight point improvement -- and the start that the coaching staff and players said they were searching for in training camp. 

How they have done it has been unconventional, however, in the current times of the National Hockey League, and its strict adherence to defensive structure and keeping the puck out of your own net. It brings some of us older folk back to a time of the run-and-gun NHL when teams seemingly averaged four goals each per night, and a 3.00 goals against average was considered good.

Tags: Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Andy Graziano
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Nov 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in front of Philadelphia Flyers left wing Michael Raffl (12) during first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in front of Philadelphia Flyers left wing Michael Raffl (12) during first period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Josh Bailey's goal 32 seconds into overtime helped the Islanders edge the Flyers, 4-3, at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. >> Box score


First period:

  • 6:02 PHI Taylor Leier; Assists: Travis Sanheim, Travis Konecny
  • 18:53 NYI Mathew Barzal (PPG); Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy

Second period:

Tags: Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal
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Oct 7, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) right wing Josh Bailey (12) and left wing Jason Chimera (25) react after scoring against Buffalo Sabres in the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)
Oct 7, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) right wing Joshua Ho-Sang (66) right wing Josh Bailey (12) and left wing Jason Chimera (25) react after scoring against Buffalo Sabres in the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Nicole Sweet-USA TODAY Sports (Nicole Sweet)

One of the laziest and corniest things you can do during Thanksgiving week is write a piece on everything you're thankful for. So that's exactly what I'm going to do.

Please indulge me, Islanders Country. Fact is, after all these years in this business on one side or the other, I've never taken the opportunity to say thank you. Perhaps I've become a bit sentimental.

Or maybe I'm feeling especially grateful. So here goes. If you give me this one, I'll do my best to write at least one Grinchy rant before the New Year.

Tags: John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Chris Botta
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New York Islanders defensemen Adam Pelech chases the puck against Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defensemen Adam Pelech chases the puck against Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner during he first period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA TODAY Sports)

Jaroslav Halak surrendered three goals in the first period as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (power play); Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
  • 3:40 CAR Teravainen; Assists: Aho, Noah Hanifin
  • 10:44 NYI Nick Leddy
  • 17:13 CAR Elias Lindholm; Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Jeff Skinner

Second period:

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss
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 (Billy Hurst)
(Billy Hurst)

The Islanders' victory in St. Louis on Saturday night showed why Doug Weight is the right coach for this team, and why his club will qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The win was the second time in the last few weeks that the Islanders rebounded well from flat performances. The first was on Oct. 28, when Weight's team blew out the Cup-finalist Predators in Nashville after a bad game in Minnesota two nights earlier. Beating the Blues the night after the Islanders stunk in Dallas showed something. As lost as they looked against the Stars, they found their game at the start in St. Louis.

That's not easy to do.

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Chris Botta
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Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates with teammates (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Oct 28, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates with teammates (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV TwitterWhen GM Garth Snow decided to call his 'go-to' in Peter Chiarelli back in June, it was to finalize a lopsided trade that would send Ryan Strome to Edmonton for what was deemed to be an Oilers salary dump in Jordan Eberle.

The 27-year-old forward from Regina had been on the Islanders radar for quite some time and Snow pounced at the opportunity to land the scoring winger who had averaged 27 goals and 62 points in seven previous seasons playing in Alberta while carrying a cap hit of $6 million over the next two seasons.

Eberle then proceeded to marry long-time girlfriend Lauren Rodych before coming to Brooklyn in a ceremony that featured one last hurrah with former and current members of the organization he called home since he was 20-years old...

Tags: Anders Lee, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Andy Graziano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

I wanted to love the Barclays Center when I went to my first Islanders game there two years ago. I grew up in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - twice, actually. The first time was as a child from Hicksville, with the sweetly-gruff security man Mr. Buonagura popping the door open for me and his son Paul on Saturday nights so we could take seats just before the press table in the last row of the old barn. The second time was for the first two decades of adulthood, where I learned a lot about life through some extraordinary times as an Islanders employee.

So when I walked into the Barc for my first game, I didn't want to be that guy who thought everything new was bad.

It didn't last long...

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Calvin De Haan, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Chris Botta
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Islanders couldn't capitalize on their third period forecheck, and in turn, dropped the contest to the Oilers, 2-1, in overtime. 

It was a lopsided third period as the puck stayed in the Islanders offensive end. However, Oilers G Cam Talbot was stellar, saving 13 shots to cap off a 36-save night. He allowed the one goal from Jordan Eberle in the second period, but was lights out after. 

Mathew Barzal knew the Islanders should have cashed in during their late surge. 

Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Thomas Greiss
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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy celebrates his second goal during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy celebrates his second goal during the second period against the Colorado Avalanche at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Nick Leddy scored two power-play goals, Mathew Barzal recorded five assists and the New York Islanders beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Box Score

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy
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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal scored against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at Honda Center. (Gary A. Vasquez)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter : Islanders fans have been desiring a 'true' first line for some time now. To be more specific, a true 'first-line winger' to play with captain John Tavares.

Last season, it wasn't quite good enough that Josh Bailey combined with Tavares and rapidly improving Anders Lee to forge a line that combined for 75 goals -- 31 percent of the team's overall production -- and 174 points. This year, through 13 games, it's even higher at 48 percent.

'He'll regress,' they said. 'He will come back down to earth and be the player he's always been offensively,' they added. 'He doesn't shoot enough' was screamed from the rooftops. And my personal favorite of all, 'How many of his assists are secondary assists, though?'

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Ed Mulholland)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Ed Mulholland)

 The lead today comes from…Today's Tweeted Question:

@SP19hockey asked, "12 years of Snow. Love Game of Thrones but that's TOO much winter for Isles. Any chance at change of season?"

No...

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Thomas Greiss, Chris Botta
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New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang controls the puck against New York Rangers left wing Andrew Desjardins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang controls the puck against New York Rangers left wing Andrew Desjardins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

"I believe they are learning. We have a nice five and a half hour plane trip ahead of us and I got about 15 minutes with each of them that will probably end up being 30. They're good kids, good players and have earned their spots. This is big boy hockey and that's a great defensive core over there (St.Louis). They'll figure those things out. They got better as the game went, but had some guys who played pretty well and demanded more ice time. I feel like I can rely on them, put them out in almost any situation. Barzie (Mathew Barzal) has been good, Josh (Ho-Sang) is fine."

Those comments made by Islanders head coach Doug Weight after yesterday's 3-2 come-from-behind shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tell you something about how he might manage his rookies as the 2017-18 season moves along.

Tags: Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Andy Graziano
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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

C Josh Ho-Sang will be a healthy scratch (with Jason Chimera in) on Friday night when the Islanders open their season agains tthe Blue Jackets in Columbus at 7 p.m.

Thomas Greiss will start in net over Jaroslav Halak.

On defense, Scott Mayfield is in with Ryan Pulock out.

Tags: Jaroslav Halak, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss
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 (John Geliebter)
(John Geliebter)

The players are no longer getting coffee in the locker room and whispering to each other, "Cappy still here?"

A third goalie isn't being stashed on the roster, and limiting the reps of the excellent No. 1 and 1As, because of the long-shot notion he's the next Patrick Roy.

As a result, and because of the simple fact that they have the player personnel to get it done in a conference that is not steeped in quality, the Islanders will qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs...

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Anthony Beauvillier, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Thomas Greiss, Chris Botta
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Sep 17, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with right wing Jordan Eberle (7) during the second period of a preseason game at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 17, 2017; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with right wing Jordan Eberle (7) during the second period of a preseason game at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Islanders open up their 2017-18 season on Friday night in Columbus. How will the season shake out? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…


Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Alright, Andy. We're on the precipice of a new season, and everyone is curious how this campaign will go for the Islanders. Is it me, or are the outlooks that are rolling in for this team all over the map?

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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 (James Guillory)
(James Guillory)

The Islanders are just 10 days away from Opening Night, and the roster is beginning to take shape. What will the 23-man squad look like? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss...


Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

Welcome back to another season of Shooting from Point Blank Range, my man. We had lots of fun with this last year, so let's kick this season off by taking a look at the 'almost' final 23-man roster, which needs to be finalized by 5:00 p.m. on October 3. With some cuts already made, and Bridgeport camp underway, you can make some strong assertions of who will make the team and who won't. Any thoughts on how it's shaping up?

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano, Brian Erni
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

If training camp ended right now, Mat Barzal would break the team with the big club.

After the Islanders' 3-0 preseason victory over the Devils on Monday night, head coach Doug Weight was asked, based on what he's seen so far, if Barzal would make the team. 

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts: I think we all wanted to see more of what Barzal could do when he got his look with the Isles early last year. But he seemed tentative in the mere two games he cracked the lineup, and with the team struggling, Jack Capuano didn't exhibit much patience before Barzal was ultimately sent back to Juniors.

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 (Eric Hartline)
(Eric Hartline)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Corey Pronman is the NHL prospects writer at The Athletic. I recently had a chance to sit down with him and get his impressions on the Islanders' system, including some of the players who are soon expected to graduate to the big club. Here's what he had to say on some of the team's top youngsters...

Tags: Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Michael dal Colle, Brian Erni
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 (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)
(Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The summer is over. Fall has arrived and with it, the return of the NHL. Training camps around the league will all be open for business soon, with the first on-ice sessions slated to begin Friday morning.

For the Islanders, it seems every year lately has been 'make or break,' for a variety of reasons. This year, however, the term might never be more accurate as the team looks to re-sign their franchise captain, finally bring some closure to a long, drawn out arena drama and return to the playoffs. The results of those three factors, each under their own cloud of uncertainty, could also decide the future fate of long-tenured general manager Garth Snow, who seems to be running out of time to turn this team into a true contender.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Anthony Beauvillier, Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Calvin De Haan, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Jordan Eberle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Michael dal Colle, Nick Leddy, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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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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New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad and New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal battle for a loose puck during the first period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Matthew Barzal continues to turn heads at the IIHF World Junior Championship, and it led to him receiving a top accolade for the second consecutive year.

Barzal, along with the Ottawa Senators' Thomas Chabot and the Tampa Bay Lightning's Anthony Cirelli, was named as one of the tournament's top three players for Canada by the coaches.

This is the second consecutive year being named to the top-three for Barzal. According to Elite Prospects, no other Canadian has received the honor two years in a row since the award was first given out in 2007 (h/t to Corey Pronman).

Barzal has three goals and four assists and has a plus-3 rating on the ice in six tournament games. He and the rest of Team Canada will square off against Team USA in the tournament's gold medal game on Thursday. 

Tags: Mathew Barzal, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares (91) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

ESPN has a plan for how the Islanders can turn their franchise's fortunes around.

Matthew Coller lists (Insider required) letting Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen walk, signing Andrew Ladd, and poor goaltending performances as the primary factors that got the Islanders into this mess. To get out of it, Coller suggests selling at the deadline, exercising patience with their young talent, and most notably (and controversially), getting an answer on John Tavares' future as ways to fix things.

"One player holds the key to the Islanders' future: Tavares. He is set to hit free agency in 2018, and his decision to stay or go will ultimately decide if the Islanders have to go back into rebuild mode or keep swinging for a Stanley Cup," Coller writes. "If their former No. 1 overall pick is willing to sign a long-term deal, Snow, or whoever the GM is after this debacle, can start moving assets to acquire win-now players around Tavares. If he decides to test the market, then he needs to be traded as soon as possible. Even if other teams knew the Islanders' hand was forced, 29 teams would be making a call to see if they could acquire one of the NHL's elite centers."

Tags: Andrew Ladd, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Mikhail Grabovski
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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)

Mathew Barzal has been invited to Canada's World Juniors selection camp in Blainville, Quebec, on Dec. 10-14, according to Jason Brough of NBC Sports.

Barzal was on Canada's National Junior Team for last year's World Juniors, and registered three points on two goals and an assist in Canada's five games before being eliminated by Finland in the quarterfinals. 

Canada will host the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship for the 12th time this year. The tournament will feature 31 games between 10 nations.

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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Islanders are pushing hard to make a deal for a forward, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday

New York (5-8-3) is currently in dead last in the 16-team Eastern Conference, and are tied with Boston for 19th in the league in goals per game at 2.50.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Chants of "Fire Cappy" have been raining down from the rafters at Barclays Center this year, but one writer thinks that gives Garth Snow a free pass.

The New York Daily News' Peter Botte says the Islanders general manager is complicit in this failure as well, as to place the blame solely on Jack Capuano is to overlook where the Isles' rebuild has truly stalled out.

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano on his bench in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Tampa Bay Lightning left Brooklyn last night and boarded a plane for Detroit, the next stop on their five-game road trip. They will take the ice tonight with a 9-6-1 record in the 2016-17 season. Three of those wins, by a combined score of 14-2, have come against the New York Islanders, who seem to have zero answers the past two weeks to the malaise that has taken over this team.

Head coach Jack Capuano has juggled lines. He's called out his players to the media. He's, not 'stick to the face' directly, but more like 'hook around the hands' directly, called out his general manager. He has shown some slight snark at reporters, then answered the same question the following week with calmness and resignation. In his seventh year as bench boss, it seems the expiration date, for which I believe all coaches have, has come. But will general manager Garth Snow act on it?

Tags: Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

The Islanders have some uncertaintly awaiting them in the years ahead, and at least one writer thinks it create a ton of intrigue. In his latest edition of 30 Thoughts on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman says the Isles' future is both interesting and difficult to predict, and that both ownership and the team's approach to their own free agents will have a lot to do with the direction the team will take in the coming years.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Thomas Hickey, Brian Erni
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New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline)

Shane Prince has been activated off the IR and will be taking the place of Mathew Barzal on the active roster for tonight's game, head coach Jack Capuano announced before Thursday's game.

In addition, Capuano also stated that Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders tonight as they take on the Pittsburg Penguins.

Ryan Strome will move back to center with Prince returning to the lineup, while Alan Quine will serve as the other wing on the line. Andrew Ladd will re-join John Tavares and Josh Bailey on the top line.

Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Barclays Center. The goal was his first NHL career goal. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) celebrates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Barclays Center. The goal was his first NHL career goal. (Brad Penner)

When Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier showed up for their second training camp with the New York Islanders this fall, expectations were high. Management expected them to learn from their previous experiences and be even better, fans were excited to get a peek at part of the future offense and the players had one similar goal in mind - make the 23-man roster to begin the 2016-17 season. Neither was looking too far ahead, maintaining a level of maturity that belies their age of just 19.From the day the two first took the ice together at Northwell Health Ice Center, their futures were intertwined, both battling to be the one making the biggest impression on management and the coaching staff. They even practically mimicked each other in interviews - "I just have to be the hardest worker out there. Earn every inch of ice, win every shift, and make myself noticeable." is how Barzal and Beauvillier both laid out their game plans to SNY in separate conversations.As New York prepares to play its seventh game of the season tomorrow night in Brooklyn against the unbeaten Montreal Canadiens, they have, however, trended in very different directions that will have an impact on their place of residence for the remainder of the season, especially considering they have no real professional option outside of the big club. Neither is eligible for AHL consideration, being under 20 years of age and not yet completing four seasons on CHL hockey.

Tags: Alain Quine, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, John Tavares, Mathew Barzal, Ryan Pulock, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince
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New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders celebrate the game winning goal by right wing Josh Bailey (12) in overtime against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. New York Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Last night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the New York Islanders opened up the home portion of their 2016-17 schedule by defeating the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, 3-2. It was a game that featured a first period where New York could do nothing wrong, outshooting Anaheim 16-3, John Tavares' first goal of the season, the continued early season excellence of Cal Clutterbuck and another strong performance by Josh Bailey, who would score the game winner 54 seconds into the extra session on a fantastic individual performance.Last year, in their first year playing at a new home, with all the pomp, circumstance and yes, distractions too, the Islanders managed to pull off a 25-11-5 home record, tied for fourth best in the entire Eastern conference. The ability to secure 55% of their season points total in comfortable surroundings clearly is what led them to a second consecutive playoff appearance and first series win in 23 years.This year, the schedule makers have been kind to New York yet again (perhaps a tip of the cap to the Brooklyn Nets for forcing the NHL's hand?), putting the Islanders at home 14 times in the season's first 22 games through October and November. This includes remarkable, and perhaps unheard of, stretches of 10 of 11 and 12 of 14 games in Brooklyn.

Tags: Brock Nelson, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Andy Graziano
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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 forward Mathew Barzal will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the Capitals, head coach Jack Capuano told Newsday's Arthur Staple. Barzal, 19, will take the place of forward Anthony Beauvillier, who played in his first professional game against the Rangers. Barzal is also expected to play on the team's top power-play unit.

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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)

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The kids are more than alright. That's what the Islanders indicated when they made it official on Tuesday and announced their 23-man, Opening Night roster.

Matt Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier will, at the very least, get a nine-game NHL audition, and that's a very exciting prospect for Islanders fans. The two 19-year olds, both drafted in the first round of the 2015 Draft, basically forced their way onto a roster that was packed with veteran forwaerds on one-way deals. That was no easy task, especially when one considers that it meant cutting free agent import P.A. Parenteau loose and watching him be claimed by a divisional rival in the process.

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(Steve Mitchell)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Another preseason game, another impressive performance from Matt Barzal.

The Islanders' 19-year old sensation stuffed home Steve Bernier's initial shot at the 6:30 mark of the third period to give the Isles a 4-2 lead over the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on Monday night. They'd hold on to win 4-3.

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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The final week of New York Islanders training camp promises to be busy. Players on the bubble hoping to make the 23-man roster, which has to be announced by Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. ET, will have plenty of opportunities to put forth their best case to management and the coaching staff.

New additions Andrew Ladd, P.A Parenteau and Jason Chimera have been assimilated into the squad, while captain John Tavares, goaltender Jaroslav Halak and defenseman Dennis Seidenberg are expected to join their teammates as early as tomorrow.

Tags: Anders Lee, Brian Strait, Brock Nelson, Calvin De Haan, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Okposo, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic
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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)

Two games into the Isles' exhibition slate and Matt Barzal is already making his presence felt on the score sheet.

Barzal set up Josh Ho-Sang's goal Monday night against Philadelphia, when Barzal sent a crisp centering pass toward Ho-Sang in the crease. Ho-Sang corralled it with his skate, pulled the puck to his blade with a quick handling move, and lit the lamp.

Then, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, Barzal notched his second primary assist of the preseason, this time on Nick Leddy's third-period goal.

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Michael Dal Colle and Mathew Barzal seemed as comfortable as ever with one another as they left the ice after the first day of Islanders minicamp. Dal Colle smirked as he fielded questions at his stall and chirped Barzal -- who was drafted 16th overall in the recent NHL Draft -- under his breath as the inquisitive media horde began to scatter.

The first day of camp saw Dal Colle and Barzal skate on the same line, with Sebastian Collberg rounding out the unit. Both Dal Colle and Barzal are expected to be impact players with the Islanders, but the two began the week-long camp at much different points in their hockey careers.

Tags: Islanders, Mathew Barzal, Michael Dal Colle, new york islanders, Prospects, Christian Arnold
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Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn't make a trade without a purpose. So when the Islanders traded Reinhart for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in the draft on Friday night there was clearly a player they wanted.

And that player was Mathew?Barzal.

The Islanders saw the opportunity to grab what could be the steal of the draft after Boston passed on selecting him three consecutive times. When Snow realized Barzal was still there for the taking, he made the decision to trade defenseman Griffin Rienhart to Edmonton.

Tags: 2015 NHL Draft, Islanders, Mathew Barzal, new york islanders, News
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