NHL Predictions: 2011-12 New York Islanders Preview and Betting Odds

September 23rd, 2011 by Doc Moseman Leave a reply »

If you remember when the Islanders used to be one of the great teams in the NHL then, sadly, you are getting old.

For far too long this once great franchise has played uninspired hockey in a truly horrible barn of an arena. For the first time in literally decades, though, there is reason for hope on Long Island.

John Tavares is a very exciting player, and he’s entering his third season at just 20 years old, so he should take a big step forward this year. He’s easily a point-a-game type of guy, and he just signed a contract extension to stay with the team, so he’s something very attractive to build around.

He’s not alone when it comes to impressive young players, either—Michael Grabner came from nowhere to score 34 goals, Kyle Okposo is the real deal, and Matt Moulson, a senior citizen in comparison at 27, has grown into an offensive force.

The team has the best core they have had at least since Pat Lafontaine left town, and probably since earlier than that. 


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