Apr 16, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders right wing Michael Grabner (40) scores a goal against Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom (35) in front of Florida Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell (51) and New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald (13) during the second period of an NHL game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 8/24/2013

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With training camp slowing creeping up on us and rookies set to report in Early September (dates have not officially been announced by the club as of today) the staff at Eyes on Isles is excited to get going with actual live hockey related posts and discussion that don’t center around who might be playing here or there and who might make the roster or not.

It has been a long summer for hockey fans of every club around the National Hockey League but I would argue none more so than for us Islander fans. With the team coming off an exciting regular season and first round playoff series there has never been a better time to be an Islanders fan in recent memory as the team climbs up the NHL ladder.

The expectation that John Tavares will be named the next team captain with the departure of Mark Streit is a very reasonable one but fans hoping for that announcement sooner rather than later will be disappointed. There really is no need to make it at this time, saving the excitement and buzz that will surely follow around Islanders nation for when it counts.

We have a tremendous season preview coming up for you in September with the entire staff here participating that you will certainly not want to miss as well as exclusive reports from training camp as the team welcomes and incorporates new additions Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Cal Clutterbuck and Peter Regin. Not to mention the competition that will be raging in Syosset from rookies dying to make an impact on the Island.

This afternoon, look for Chris Triantafilis’ follow up post to his excellent X-factor series that will feature Kevin Poulin. As always, thanks for the tremendous support from you, the reader, and we look forward to bringing you the best coverage from inside the Islanders organization this upcoming season.

-Andy (@tazman19)

 

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  • I love me some NFL football (Miami Dolphins fan here!) but there is nothing like hockey. NOTHING….well maybe except for having to eat and pay taxes. :)
  • Outstanding tweet from Mike and says it so eloquently. Just win baby, just win! 
  • Congratulations Roberto!  Welcome to the road and just so you know, the feeling is only fleeting. You will be sick of driving before you know it. But it’s great to know we can expect you at the Coliseum more often this season!
  • Isn’t that what everyone should really be focusing on when it comes to their respective employers? That is why we waiting so impatiently for it to be released in the first place.
  • I love summer just as much as the next guy but there is always a Caribbean vacation in the winter for that also.Nothing beats a cool fall breeze, filling the house with fresh air and watching some puck.

 

 

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