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12-28-2012, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Beacon View Post
The Brooklyn Islanders will be a good team, especially if they can manage to acquire a goalie.

CENTERS

1. John Tavares
2. Ryan Strome
3. Frans Nielsen
4. Brock Nelson
5. Anders Lee
6. Casey Cizikas

That's a hell of a group of centers.


LEFT WINGS

1. Moulson
2. Nino
3. Josh Bailey
4. Matt Martin
5. Johan Persson or Mike Halmo

Very solid. If Nino develops well, could be great.


RIGHT WINGS

1. Kyle Okposo
2. Michael Grabner
3. David Ullstrom
4. Kirill Kabanov or Kirill Petrov or Rhett Rakhshani

Not great, but decent enough considering how good they are elsewhere.


DEFENSEMEN

1. Travis Hamonic
2. Griffin Reinhart
3. Andrew MacDonald
4. Matt Donovan
5. Ville Pokka
6. Scott Mayfield
7. Calvin de Haan
8. Milan Jurcina
9. Dyland Reese
10. Brenden Kichton or Aaron Ness or Andrey Pedan or Adam Pelech
11. Yuri Alexandrov or Robbie Russo or Marc Cantin or Mark Katic

Phenomenal depth, so much so that you can count on at least one or two suprises. They drafted 10 defensemen in rounds 3 or lower (plus 4 more guys drafted early) since 2009. While those prospects are not regarded as much today, there's a very decent possibility that one of them will become a good NHLer. That's not counting guys like Reinhart, De Haan, Mayfield and Pokka who were drafted early. I suspect this may blossom into one of the best defensive legions in the NHL.


GOALTENDING

Pretty terrible. Neither Kevin Poulin nor Anders Nilsson has the stuff to be a starter, much less a good starter. But if they can acquire someone decent (bring back Luongo?), the Islanders could be a tremendous team in 3 years or so. Just the opposite of the Devils, who have sung their final song last spring and will be going into the dark night for the foreseeable future.
Not that you care, but both Poulin and Nilsson absolutely are starter material, and one of them will take the reigns this year with Nabokov. My bet is on Poulin, who is going to be a tremendous goalie in the NHL.

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