New York Islanders Mailbag: Jaroslav Halak and Prospect Talk
By Matt O'Leary
Everyone’s favorite New York Islanders mailbag has returned for another edition. Today we’ll talk Jaroslav Halak and prospects.
On a bi-weekly basis, I like to do a mailbag to get the fans involved. You can tweet New York Islanders questions over to us at the Eyes on Isles twitter page. Today we got a Jaroslav Halak question, then we’ll talk some prospects and playoffs.
From @bcgrech: If Jaro puts up crazy numbers this year any chance he comes back?
I guess we have to define what “crazy numbers” are. His best year was in 2011-2012 when he put up a .926 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average. I’d consider those numbers or anything close to that “crazy numbers”
Even if he put up anything resembling his prime I can’t see him coming back to the Islanders. I think there’s no way Allan Walsh lets Jaroslav Halak re-sign with the team that forced him to play in a three-goalie system.
Once the Isles sent down Halak, and then extended Thomas Greiss it all but shut the door to any Halak return.
#isles rookie most likely to make the team not named Ho Sang, Pulock, Barzal, Beau?
I don’t think anyone else can make it out of camp. They’ve got a ton of depth thanks to Garth Snow’s summer of depth. If anybody’s to do it I guess Devon Toews would be the guy. I’ve heard fantastic things about Toews.
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In 76 games with Bridgeport last year he put up 45 points. Even during his Quinnipiac days, he’s put up solid numbers. It’s sad to think that the Isles fourth-round selection from 2014 will make his NHL debut earlier than their fifth overall pick from that year. The Michael Dal Colle wait will continue.
From Drew on Twitter: How many points will it take for the Isles to make the playoffs?
I think the Islanders are the fifth best team in the Metro behind Pittsburgh, Columbus, Washington, and the other New York team. So they’ll be the last team in if they do even make it to the playoffs. Last year the Isles missed out on the playoffs with 94 points so it’ll need to be more than that.
I’m going to say the Islanders will need at least 97 points to make the playoffs. The Metro is going to be extremely competitive this year so 97 isn’t a crazy number to expect.
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That’ll do it for this week’s mailbag. As always be sure to follow along with us on Twitter to discuss all things Islanders and join the conversation!