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01-15-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by redbull View Post
Moulson - Tavares - Boyes
Ullstrom - Bailey - Okposo
Grabner - Nielsen - Joensuu
Martin - Reasoner - Boulton/Cizikas/Strome.

While I agree that we "lose" Okposo's scoring, fact is, he was horrible without Tavares for the first two months last year.

Fun fact:
In ONE MONTH playing together last year, from Dec 29th to Jan 31st, Okposo had:
GP - G - A - PTS
15 - 6 - 8 - 14 PTS (JT was in on 12 of those points - 5G -7A)

In the first 31 games before JT:
GP - G - A - PTS
31 - 6 - 7 - 13

In his first 15 games last year:
GP - G - A - PTS
15 - 0 - 3 - 3

Later in the season, Okposo got his game together and had some success with Nielsen-Bailey

he finished the year strong:
GP - G - A - PTS
25 - 12 - 3 - 15pts - ending up with 24 goals. Hopefully he can pick that up.

I'd love to see a:
Ullstrom - Bailey - Okposo line2

Isles need scoring from players like Boyes, Grabner, Okposo, Bailey. The only sure bets on this team are Tavares and Moulson (if they play together). Many are "you get what you get" in Nielsen, Martin, Reasoner, Cizikas, Ullstrom, Joensuu, Boulton.....the wildcards are the big "what ifs" that will make/break this season, offensively.
I don't see the Isles going back to having Bailey play center. His game took off once he switched to the wing. With guys like Strome/Nelson/Cizikas/Sundstrom in the system and all pretty close to NHL ready, they should have plenty of options up the middle that don't include Josh Bailey.

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