Eyes on Isles Roundtable: 2014-15 NHL Season Preview

By Kenny Conrade
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Sep 19, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Islanders center Josh Bailey (12) scores a goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) during the first period of the New Jersey Devils vs. New York Islanders NHL game at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Question 3: What player on the Islanders is most likely to have a breakout season?

Chris: Josh Bailey. He was hated by a lot of the fan base last year yet still put up a career high 38 points. I see him going for 20-25 goals and 25-30 assists. Hate me all you want #IslesTwitter!!!

Kenny: I would have to go with Brock Nelson. Any time you have the opportunity to be paired with two world class players, you are going to work as hard as you possibly can to keep that spot. If he plays with 21 and 91 all season, Nelson could be good for upwards of 25 goals.

Kevin: Going back to what I wrote about Brock Nelson, whichever forward is the first line winger along with Tavares and Okposo will have a big year. It could be Brock Nelson or Ryan Strome, but I can’t think of a better situation for a young player to be in than to be with those two guys each night.

Michael: As long as he stays healthy, Calvin de Haan. He held his own playing against the top lines of opponents for a good part of last season and with the building chemistry between him and Travis Hamonic as well as having solid goaltending behind him, he has the ability to have an outstanding season.