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02-03-2013, 07:17 AM
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Islanders employ outstanding penalty killing

Isles pk getting props and a possible extension for Nabby?

http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo...ed:i=1.4554050
By ARTHUR STAPLE
What the Islanders have done on their penalty killing unit through seven games this season is amazing, having killed off 25 of 26 power plays thus far.

That 96 percent efficiency isn't sustainable, of course, even over the course of a 48-game season. But it is impressive, particularly for a group of penalty killers that hasn't changed all that much from last season, when the Islanders were 23rd in the NHL , with an 80.5 percent efficiency rate.

Don Meehan, Nabokov's agent, said via email that he had not had any discussions with Isles GM Garth Snow on a new contract for the 37-year-old Nabokov, who signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal in March to stay with the team.

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Fans have gotten on Marty Reasoner since he joined the Isles last season, but his work with Matt Martin on the second unit has been excellent.

Wow..you know when they say good things about Reasoner, that the sky is falling 8-)

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Fans have gotten on Marty Reasoner since he joined the Isles last season, but his work with Matt Martin on the second unit has been excellent.

Wow..you know when they say good things about Reasoner, that the sky is falling 8-)

GREAT, Trade him right now while he has a SHRED of value. Maybe we can get a bag of only slightly used pucks for him.

Honestly, he doesn't do anything that Casey Cizikas couldn't do 100 times better.

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I wouldn't mind seeing Nabby for another year or 2.

As for the PK, they're doing great!!

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GREAT, Trade him right now while he has a SHRED of value. Maybe we can get a bag of only slightly used pucks for him.

Honestly, he doesn't do anything that Casey Cizikas couldn't do 100 times better.
how is cizikas on faceoffs?

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how is cizikas on faceoffs?
I'd say he's above average-good. He has done well in the AHL on draws (I don't think they keep those stats. But going back 2 years ago to the WJC U20 team he was on. He was called on to take all the key draws, and lined up at face-off almost as much as Brayden Schenn and took far more draws than Ryan Johansson and Sean Couturier.

Cizikas won 77 and lost 57 for about 58% (won of the tournament leaders. Only a couple of players took more draws than him in the tournament, and one of them was Schenn (who only had like 7 or 8 more) and Cizikas had a better win percentage.

It's not a weakness, let's just put it that way.

Speaking of face-offs.... Johan Sundstrom was 6% win% on draws that tournament and 60% the year after. A tournament leader both times. It's part of the reason I think he is a perfect fit on the Grabner-Nielsen line as a right handed shot RW (that takes the face-off draws for Frans Nielsen, who is not terribly good at face-offs). Sundstrom is also an excellent forechecker and defensive forward. Islander fans are going to love this kid when he shows up.


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I would definitely love to re-sign Nabby for 1-2 more years and split starts with Poulin/Nilsson.

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