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Nails Jenkins 11-05-2008 07:41 PM

Mark Streit
 
Hey all you Long Islanders out there! I'm just curious what you guys think about Mark Streit? I'm a Habs fan who has seen both the good and the bad of the guy over the last few seasons and am wondering what type of impression he's made on you?

I can see that he's putting up points, but how is he playing defensively? I'll be blunt: He has more offensive talent than most d-men, but he was consistently getting beat down low when he was back there last season. I liked him a lot better as a 3rd/4th line forward who played as a defenseman on the PP and as a forward on the PK.

Personally I don't think he's worth the contract he signed and wouldn't want him playing 25+ mins a game on defense for my team. That said, I sincerely wish him the best. He's a good player, just overpaid (IMO), and seems like a really down to earth guy.

Anyways, your thoughts so far?

Titan124 11-05-2008 07:56 PM

To me: perfect. Absolutely perfect. Defensively, offensively, he has been as good as anyone in the league. I don't know about others, but I haven't seen him make any of those huge gaffes he supposedly made last year. If he plays like he is right now for the next 4 years he will be more than worth it.

nyislesx23 11-05-2008 07:56 PM

hes been great for us... much more then we expected, he can be a top 2 defenceman as well as putting the puck in the net, i think he shoiuld be an all star

Killer Carlson 11-05-2008 07:58 PM

Personally, I have been impressed. Been great on the offensive end and has been much better than expected in his own zone. Now, I'm not saying that he is Nik Lidstrom and he has certainly had some trouble in his own end but he has been much better back there than MTL fans had led us to believe.

I will absolutely say one thing. When he has the puck in our end and is about to start the transition, I'm more comfortable with him having the puck on his stick than any defenseman we have had in a long time. Whether he skates it out of the zone and passes, or skates it out all the way into the other team's zone or skates it out and dumps it once gaining the red line or passes it out to a forward, he is better than anyone on our blueline by a WHOLE lot and better than anyone back there for a long time, like I mentioned before.

Is he overpaid? Sure but which d-man signed last summer isn't? Plus, with the Islanders, we will have to overpay to get anyone of note, so I'm ok with the overpayment for a guy like this who has shown nothing but hustle and hard work and also has the results to show for it. Quite simply, I'm a fan.

hgo 11-05-2008 07:59 PM

Streit will be the Islanders' representative at the All-Star Game. He's making the most of his opportunity and is living up to his contract thus far.

Quite honestly, he's the only one on that Islander defense right now who's watchable.

Hipster Doofus 11-05-2008 08:40 PM

Streit's been fantastic. Offensively he is a treat to watch. Defensively he is very good positionally, uses his speed and stick, and will play the body when needed. Doesn't make really make mistakes. In the transition is where he shines the most. He can skate, pass, really move the puck up in any way. Plus he he always hustles, and does not make lazy plays.

SImply he's earned his pay for the time being and has played like a good top pairing d-man, or a real good 2nd pairing one. Absolutely no complaints from me or most other Islander's fans. Definatley a guy I look to as a building block on defense with Witt and Campoli moving forward.

SLAPSHOT723 11-05-2008 08:50 PM

well worth the 4.1 we spend on him, what a great blueliner

i've been very surprised with his quick start to tell you the truth, and i thought he wouldnt be happier here with the lack of talent. but he seems to be happy im glad he's here for 5 years!

Renbarg 11-05-2008 08:52 PM

I am surprised in both aspects of his game thus far.

He is playing real well defensivly and as a 2nd pairing dman (which he would be when we are healthy) he will be absolutly perfect, defensivly. On offense he has joined the rush at good times, shoots a lot when he has the opportunities and has good instincts especially on the pp. I am really happy with Streit and I was one who wasnt sold on the signing initially.

Obviously only barely 10 games in. But so far so good.

Islanders1932 11-05-2008 08:56 PM

He has been insanely awesome. Fantastic on defense and has a rocket of a shot on offense. Best pickup the Islanders have made in a long time.

the isle revival 11-05-2008 08:58 PM

Very glad he's going to be with us for 5 years, considering the way he's played so far. Very consistent, for 10 games at least. Also, we won't need to worry about defining our PP "QB" for a long time. Another also, he can only get better playing with familiar faces over the next few years. I'm definitely impressed and happy with Snow's acquisition here.

LBislander 11-05-2008 09:05 PM

I was expecting Streit to be as good offensively as he has been thus far, but his defensive game has been a surprise to me thus far. He has been willing to get physical and has been able to hold his own against other team's top players, IMO.

4cups* 11-05-2008 09:07 PM

Streit could possibly turn out to be the best signing this off season. He is not a big name player, but may end up with better numbers than the 7 mil man in Manhattan (redden).

Isles4ever11 11-05-2008 09:38 PM

Streit's been a great surprise. I didn't expect much from this guy at all but as Killer said, I haven't seen anyone with as much puck poise and breakout ability on the Islanders in quite some time. He's the backbone of the defense in all 3 situations. I can't believe it, but Snow made a good *core* signing.

Isles Junkie 11-05-2008 09:39 PM

honestly I can only recall 1 poor defensive play from him thus far. He's been a rock back there.

JacketsIslesFan 11-05-2008 10:06 PM

I read on another thread that Streit attributes his reputation for being soft on defense to the fact that he didn't get to prove himself in Montreal. He says he had a limited role and as soon as he made any kind of mistake, he was pulled and didn't get enough time to learn from whatever mistakes he was making. This was a big reason he came to LI, because he would get plenty of playing time to hone his skills. And he certainly is getting lots of TOI - 25 to 30 minutes a game or so.

RMimagery 11-05-2008 10:08 PM

Jaffe (one of our announcers) had a great comment about him last week, comparing his impact to Adrian Aucoin about 6 or 7 years ago.

He's been that good.

BelovedIsles 11-05-2008 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Killer Carlson (Post 16183822)
Personally, I have been impressed. Been great on the offensive end and has been much better than expected in his own zone. Now, I'm not saying that he is Nik Lidstrom and he has certainly had some trouble in his own end but he has been much better back there than MTL fans had led us to believe.

I will absolutely say one thing. When he has the puck in our end and is about to start the transition, I'm more comfortable with him having the puck on his stick than any defenseman we have had in a long time. Whether he skates it out of the zone and passes, or skates it out all the way into the other team's zone or skates it out and dumps it once gaining the red line or passes it out to a forward, he is better than anyone on our blueline by a WHOLE lot and better than anyone back there for a long time, like I mentioned before.

Is he overpaid? Sure but which d-man signed last summer isn't? Plus, with the Islanders, we will have to overpay to get anyone of note, so I'm ok with the overpayment for a guy like this who has shown nothing but hustle and hard work and also has the results to show for it. Quite simply, I'm a fan.

+1... A far cry from the MABs of the world.

Islanders4life39 11-05-2008 10:11 PM

Best player I've seen in years.

Richie Daggers Crime 11-05-2008 10:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Killer Carlson (Post 16183822)
Personally, I have been impressed. Been great on the offensive end and has been much better than expected in his own zone. Now, I'm not saying that he is Nik Lidstrom and he has certainly had some trouble in his own end but he has been much better back there than MTL fans had led us to believe.

I will absolutely say one thing. When he has the puck in our end and is about to start the transition, I'm more comfortable with him having the puck on his stick than any defenseman we have had in a long time. Whether he skates it out of the zone and passes, or skates it out all the way into the other team's zone or skates it out and dumps it once gaining the red line or passes it out to a forward, he is better than anyone on our blueline by a WHOLE lot and better than anyone back there for a long time, like I mentioned before.

Is he overpaid? Sure but which d-man signed last summer isn't? Plus, with the Islanders, we will have to overpay to get anyone of note, so I'm ok with the overpayment for a guy like this who has shown nothing but hustle and hard work and also has the results to show for it. Quite simply, I'm a fan.

Agreed. Good things happen when he has the puck.

As far as being overpaid, all UFAs are overpaid. It's the perk of going UFA. If he can keep up the good play and not get worn down, it'll be a good investment.

blinkman360 11-05-2008 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richie Daggers Crime (Post 16186622)
Agreed. Good things happen when he has the puck.

As far as being overpaid, all UFAs are overpaid. It's the perk of going UFA. If he can keep up the good play and not get worn down, it'll be a good investment.

100%. The guy has been everything we could have hoped for to this point. Now if we could only sign another Montreal defenseman next offseason our defense will be pretty solid across the board.

IrishSteveZ 11-05-2008 11:03 PM

He's been great! One of the lone bright spots this season!

OhNoItsComeau57 11-05-2008 11:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Killer Carlson (Post 16183822)
Personally, I have been impressed. Been great on the offensive end and has been much better than expected in his own zone. Now, I'm not saying that he is Nik Lidstrom and he has certainly had some trouble in his own end but he has been much better back there than MTL fans had led us to believe.

I will absolutely say one thing. When he has the puck in our end and is about to start the transition, I'm more comfortable with him having the puck on his stick than any defenseman we have had in a long time. Whether he skates it out of the zone and passes, or skates it out all the way into the other team's zone or skates it out and dumps it once gaining the red line or passes it out to a forward, he is better than anyone on our blueline by a WHOLE lot and better than anyone back there for a long time, like I mentioned before.

Is he overpaid? Sure but which d-man signed last summer isn't? Plus, with the Islanders, we will have to overpay to get anyone of note, so I'm ok with the overpayment for a guy like this who has shown nothing but hustle and hard work and also has the results to show for it. Quite simply, I'm a fan.

I agree with you on all points except being overpaid. A guy like sutton makes 3 million and streit is at a million more. Seems that 3 mill per is the cost of a decent 2nd pairing guy (or 3 and change for an exceptional 2nd pairing guy like Witt). But when compated to rozival making 5 redden at 6.5 (?) Kubina at 5 McCabe at 5.7. I personally think 4.1 for a guy at nearly a point a game who plays good defense and has showed a reasonable amount of toughness is a bargain. Just my 2 cents

kpap57 11-05-2008 11:24 PM

streit has been great in his own end thus far, he has saved several goals with great stick placement, and one that stands out in my mind when he dived across to block that shot from going into the open net, honestly i didnt know anything about streit when he got here, and what they wrote about him was almost exactly the same description of play that they wrote about bergeron when we got him, so i expected a pp specialist with a predictable shot and a 6-7 dman. but so far hes having allstar play. Very impressed, glad we have him for 5 if he can be consitant, reminds me a lil of aucoin's start when he got here and he turned out to be a great 1-2 dman

Boik14 11-06-2008 01:04 AM

Streit has been nothing short of excellent. We need to develop more puck moving defensemen like him. Hes been solid in his own end and limited the mistakes while displaying excellent positioning. Though he does not play a very physical game he uses his body well to get in front of defenders and stay between them and the net.

Frankly on offense hes been as good as anyone we have had here since..well forever. Hes shown every bit the talent that guys like Kenny Jonsson or Bryan Berard (1st time through) displayed at their best. He skates well, sees the ice and shoots the puck well.

In a recent article in Newsday he cited his desire to grow as a player as a big reason for leaving Montreal. He cited the fact that the Isles were one of the few teams willing to give him the chance to show his skills and that hes more then a typecast PP specialist. http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey...,2930887.story

As a big supporter of what Garth Snow has done as far as the youth movement goes its nice to have a solid vet in place who will teach the Chris Campoli's and other young D men as they come through the system how to be effective as an offensive d-man. I hope he can sustain the play hes shown so far throughout his contract and continues to improve. :handclap:

Pnut 11-06-2008 06:20 AM

Streit has been so good i will get a 3rd jersey with his name on it,
No problems in his game what so ever
He did the best move for himself, it has really paid off for him, and for the Islanders.


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