New York Islanders: Why They Have a Chance at Success Next Season

May 29th, 2012 by Mike Blazowski Leave a reply »
For the past five years, Islanders fans have been clinging to the promise that the rebuild will soon come into fruition and provide the results we've all been waiting for since 1983.

It's been a long process with some serious growing pains for the young squad, and the fans have grown rather impatient with rebuilding a team from the ground up. So what makes next season so different from the last?

It has been five years since we have seen a complete Islanders squad. Since Rick DiPietro had his first injury, from which he has yet to recover, they hadn't had an NHL top-tier goalie until Al Montoya stepped up and then Nabokov joined the team. What did this do in terms of success, you may ask?

It's very hard to be consistent and play with confidence when your goalie every night has become rather porous, which DiPietro certainly has been the last few years. On top of that, two years ago saw the biggest goalie merry-go-round probably in NHL history, with six different goalies suiting up for multiple games. 

Then we come to defense. While not the most horrendous of lineups, old age took its toll last season on the defensive group. Betw ...

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