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04-10-2012, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by boredmale View Post
For most of the Islanders key players one year older means 1 year better(which probably means 8-12 in the conference)
I think this is a bit of a false assumption. Players don't improve just because they're a year older. I think we had a similar discussion last summer when discussing the Isles finishing Top-10 in offense.

The Isles were a year older this year than they were last season, and what did that yield them? They went from finishing fourth last to finishing fourth last. While their point total increased, where they actually finished overall in the league stayed the same.

And really, they were much healthier this year than last year. Their core guys didn't miss much time, if at all, this year, as compared to last year where Streit was gone for the year, Okposo for half the year, and guys like Macdonald and Hamonic (call-up due to injuries) only played around 60 games.

So one could even argue they didn't make any strides this year as a team, because those additional points were more due to having a full roster this year than because of any other reason.

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