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11-07-2012, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by blinkman360 View Post
I think I have a better shot of banging Eva Mendes than seeing Brad Boyes re-signed. Also I think the "Nielsen as the 2nd line center" experiment is over. Even though he'll be a rookie, I fully expect Strome to be ahead of Nielsen on the depth chart. I also think it's pretty close to a 0% chance that Visnovsky re-signs. Maybe if they salvage a season and he enjoys playing here, but I'd still be surprised.

Agree on Strome, Nino and Reinhart though. I expect all 3 of them to be on this team in 2013/14.
Eva doesn't like gringos.

Second of all, you underestimate Snow's ability to resign a player, case in point Evgeni Nabokov. Either way, I did notate that if not all of Boyes/Visnovsky/etc. are resigned that other veterans will need to be. The main point is, those roster spots will not all be occupied by rookies, some veterans will be added/replaced.

Third, I think Strome will be eased in. Nielsen is a proven veteran and part of the core, he won't be pushed aside for a rookie. Strome will need to earn his way up, just like the other prospects that have been brought along the past few years. For example, Niederreiter was not handed a top 6 spot. Don't expect Strome to be any different.

If the Islanders would like to build a successful system like the Red Wings, Devils, etc. they need to start doing these things or they'll continue to rush and put prospects in positions to fail.

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