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06-17-2011, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by kevin27NYI View Post
Tavares, Hamonic, Nielsen (again) and then Macdonald (again) will sign long term deals like Grabner and Okposo. They sorta like it here

They have a lot of potential top 6 guys in Niedereitter, Bailey, Anders Lee, Kiril Kabanov, Kiril Petrov, and Brock Nelson, with Nino being the only one as a top line guy but they have top 6 guys in Grabner, Moulson, Tavares, Nielsen and Okposo.

Streit remains to be seen given that it was a serious injury but he has had no major injury prior to this and hasn't been in the league long so that means he doesn't have a lot of wear and tear. But the Islanders have Hamonic and Macdonald who definitely resemble first pair dmen.

The DP problem is a major problem. They had the lowest payroll in the league last year so the money is an issue and the roster will be after this year with Poulin pushing for a full time starter spot and if Montoya keeps up the great play. But, the DP problem will have to be facing an end soon. There is a really good chance he retires and collects insurance, every year he pushes forward is another year full of knee swelling and more problems and eventually he will face long term (life after hockey) problems. That's not speculation, that is truly an issue he will have to face. But as far as the team goes, Montoya played incredible in his 21 games or so last year. The stats can back that up, he had something along the lines of .924 save percentage and a 2.44 GAA. Although that may be Poulin's stats, it's close to it. And then there's Poulin, who had an incredible first pro year in both the NHL and AHL. With Poulin you just have to wait a year due to him getting more development in.

So that's where the Islanders are at. Waiting for guys like Hamonic and Macdonald to catch there stride on D, with prospects like Donovan and de Haan coming along and waiting for Nino to secure his spot in the top 6 and kicking Parenteau out. And then like I said earlier, waiting for Poulin to come in and take his spot. So after this upcoming year I'd say the Islanders look for the 6th spot with this upcoming year looking at the 7-11th spot. And in the waiting and developing, Garth will lock up the talent such as Tavares, Hamonic, Nielsen and Macdonald.

Current short term problems are the previously noted goaltending/defense problem and injuries. Both overcomable with Montoya and luck.
Hamonic and Macdonald are good 2nd pairing guys on championship teams.

Goaltending is more or less overcome with Paulin long term, IMO. The issue becomes where do you move DiPietro? If he's on the team he's keeping someone off of the roster that's worthy of the spot.

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