New York Islanders Podcast Episode 71: Devon Toews, Dal Colle, etc

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is stopped by Christopher Gibson #33 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Tyler Johnson #9 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is stopped by Christopher Gibson #33 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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In episode 71 of our New York Islanders podcast, we talk about Devon Toews, Michael Dal Colle, as well as the best and worst moments this season.

With the 2018 calendar slowly flipping over to 2019, we took the time to reflect on some of the best and worst moments that the New York Islanders had in a rather short 2018-19 season. While there’s a tonne of best moments, there isn’t too much to be negative about this so far this season.
Think about it. What is there to complain about so far in the 2018-19 season? Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello have come in an shown us what a proper structure and system can do to an organization off and on the ice. Players like Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov are having huge seasons for the Isles. And the goaltending that was so abhorrent in 2017-18 is one of the best I the league now.

Clearly, the ‘best’ portion of the discussion is already well taken care of, but Matt and Mitch still find something to, not complain about, but to bring up as a ‘worst’ for this season.

What Else do We Talk About?

  • Devon Toews has played one game in the NHL and has already impressed his coach. How long does Barry Trotz keep him up, and how good can the former fourth-round pick become for the New York Islanders?
  • Michael Dal Cole is on fire in the AHL. With seven goals in his last five games, he’s one of the best goal scorers in the AHL. But with few roster spots open on the Isles (especially at the left-wing position) what do the Isles do with their former fifth overall pick in the draft? Trade him?
  • The 2017-18 version of the New York Islanders approached the Christmas break with a 4-6-2 record. They would later limp to the end of the season finishing 17 points out of a playoff spot. This year they’ve gone 6-4-2 as they enter the Christmas break, does that flip between W’s and L’s spell a flip in the narrative for this season?

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