Islanders Season Preview : Questions? We Got Answers

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It is time…no more wondering about preseason games, roster cuts or what lines will look like on opening night.

The National Hockey League regular season is open for business after three games were played last night starting with a classic grudge match between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs.

For the New York Islanders, New Jersey is first on the schedule for Friday, Oct 4 in Newark, NJ. From the social media output we’ve seen, the team will have a large fan presence on the road that night. Here is to hoping the extra support motivates the men to a fast start (as if they need it), since they have a short turnaround before hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets the following night in the home opener.

With newly extended defenseman Travis Hamonic skating in a no-contact jersey and rookie Griffin Reinhart being added to the 23-man roster as an insurance policy, the Isles are as deep as they ever have been at both the NHL and AHL level. If goaltender Kevin Poulin provides adequate backup for Evgeni Nabokov and the defense gels quickly with new addition Matt Donovan, the sky could be the limit as they push for one of the three guaranteed playoff spots in the East come April.

With staff writer Pete McEntee covering the individual player profiles in his previews separately we decided to, as a staff, ask six burning questions pertaining to the upcoming season and solicit responses from each of the 9 panel members.

So, without further adieu, let’s start addressing the hot button issues that could determine where the Islanders end up when all is said and done in April of 2014….

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  • Rich Diaz

    APOLOGIES *Frans Nielsen. THat’s what I get for calling him Franzy.

  • cop

    i think JT will score 50 and if Grabby plays the whole year on the 2nd line he will have 50 also. 3 years for Moulson would be a good move. only if a team offers an incredible deal for him, you can’t trade him. i really believe by next year Nilsson will be our #1 goalie. Okposo and Bailey will both net over 30 goals. I think the PP will not miss Streit, i know that sounds crazy but he became too deliberate getting the puck into the zone and even though he put up numbers, i think they will thrive on the PP this year with Vis as the primary QB. this is the 1st year they can roll 4 legit lines and over 82 games that is huge. all lines can score and with Strome, Persson, Sundstrom, Lee, Pedan, Mayfield, de Haan, and Ness chomping at the bit, the pressure to perform or be demoted will have them playing at a high level. although i do think most of the pressure will be on Bouchard, Regin and Clutterbuck. if Okposo and Bailey can maintain they way they played at the end of last year, the sky is the limit

    • Reagan King

      I’d like to point out we have what I believe to be the first hybrid of “Nabby” and “Grabs”…”Grabby.”

      I agree overall the team will miss Streit, but mostly just in the beginning. If Donovan plays how he’s capable of playing, he’ll quickly replace the offensive Streit brought on D.