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New York Islanders Five Reasons 2018-19 Season Will be a Success

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: The New York Islanders celebrate after a goal by Anthony Beauvillier /

The Brand New Vegas

Again, we know how little everyone thinks of the New York Islanders. They might not be as bad as the Ottawa Senators, but it’s clear that no one believes in them.

The second Tavares walked out the door everyone lost belief in the Islanders chances to be successful this season. That’s before the likes of Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, Tom Kuhnhackl, Matt Martin, and Luca Sbisa were added to the roster.

With Tavares gone and that slew of bottom tier players joining the team the Islanders were sunk before a puck hit the ice.

But we all know who else was written off before the season even started. The Vegas Golden Knights. That expansion team that not only won their division but made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

That run showed the hockey world that conventional wisdom about the quality of players wasn’t as sound as we all believed it to be. A group of misfits, galvanized around a negative narrative about their abilities proved that they could indeed be great and almost win a title.

Who says that the New York Islanders can’t do the same thing? Who says that a team built around accountability and responsibility won’t draw significant inspiration from the Golden Knights from 2017-18 and make some noise in the NHL?

If they can harness the Vegas model, the New York Islanders could absolutely surprise everyone this season.

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