This is the first review of the year for the Eyes on Isles crew.
I am going first – and since we go in numeric order, Mark Streit is first on the list.
As we all know – this season, he returned to the lineup after not being on the team in 2010-11. There were a lot of people that thought that he would not be the same player. And for about the first 50 games of the season, there were many that were saying that the Islanders made a bad decision by making Streit the Captain. His plus-minus numbers were among the worst in the league, and his lapses were becoming major reasons for losses for the Islanders this past season.
However, in the last 30 games, we saw the re-transformation of the hockey player known as Mark Streit. He was making his offensive opportunities happen, and was not being delinquent in the defensive zone. He returned to the 25 solid minutes per game, and was in the top 5 in scoring for the team.
Next season, he will be on the last season of his four year deal. I am sure that he will do his best to make the management want to extend the deal. To me, his early season failure was due to a lack of playing, and not having the game-day ritual. It is amazing how you do when you have not been in the ‘zone’ of playing and in his case, not playing.
As far as a grade is concerned, I am going to give him a C. I think that if he did not have the good run to end the year, the grade would have been a “D”. I think he will be better next season, and it will be something that we will need to see for the Islanders to return to being an important factor.
Next up – Number 3 – Travis Hamonic.