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New York Islanders Three Takeaways from Preseason Game Five

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Michael Dal Colle is selected fifth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27: Michael Dal Colle is selected fifth overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Jan Kovar #10 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Flyers defeated the Islanders 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 18: Jan Kovar #10 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Barclays Center on September 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Flyers defeated the Islanders 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Kovar Won’t Go Quietly

In game number five of the preseason, Jan Kovar scored his first goal. After a fantastic pass from Adam Pelech, Kovar was in on net but still needed a second attempt at it before getting passed, Flyers goalie Anthony Stolarz.

Kovar is getting better every time he hits the ice. Which is a fantastic sign for the New York Islanders. Going into the 2018-19 season their weakness was down the middle. With Mathew Barzal as their number one center, the Isles only had a handful of potential options.

Kovar is a natural center. Its where he put up over a point per game int he KHL. Seeing him adapt and improve on the smaller North American ice surface is an encouraging sign.

Now. A single goal obviously doesn’t guarantee him a spot on the roster. But his steady improvements along with production certainly bode well for him.

Being waiver exempt, Kovar knows that the Islanders can easily send him to the AHL. That is surely driving him onwards to impress his new bosses.

It’s going to take more than a single good game to push Brock Nelson out of that second line center role. But if Kovar can keep getting better he might just have a chance to do so with the three remaining preseason games on the schedule.

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