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2012 Archives http://islandershockeyblog.com/table/2012-articles/september/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:26:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Islanders Assign Over 20 Players to Bridgeport http://islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/islanders-assign-over-20-players-to-bridgeport.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/islanders-assign-over-20-players-to-bridgeport.html
With the second lockout in less then a decade practically here, the Islanders decided to make sure to get as much playing time as possible for as many players as possible. The biggest names on the list are Travis Hamonic, Nino Niederreiter, Casey Cizikas, Calvn de Haan, Matt Donovan, Kirill Kabanov, Brock Nelson, Aaron Ness, David Ullstrom, Kevin Poulin, and Anders Nilsson. All of the above had a chance to fight for an NHL role in training camp, but instead will find themselves battling for playing time in the AHL.

Whenever it is that the CBA situation is resolved, and the lockout comes to a close, expect Hamonic, Cizikas, and Donovan to be among the first to get the call-up.

The rest of the 24 that were sent down include Ty Wishart, Sean Backman, Matt Watkins, Nathan McIver, Colin McDonald, Marc Cantin, Jason Clark, Brandon DeFazio, Mike Halmo, Jon Landry, John Persson, Blair Riley, and Johan Sundstrom.

In other news, 2011 and 2012 first round picks, Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart were both sent to their respective CHL clubs. Not quite how the Islanders saw the Strome situation resolving I'd imagine.
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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) September Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:03:35 +0000
Visnovsky Trade Upheld http://islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/visnovsky-trade-upheld.html http://islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/september/visnovsky-trade-upheld.html On the day of the NHL draft the Islanders showed they meant business right away as they started the day off by trading their 2013 second round pick to the Ducks in return for arguably their best defenseman in Lubomir Visnovsky, who racked up points in 2010-11 by scoring 18 goals and 50 assists for a total of 68 points in 81 games. Last season wasn’t nearly as productive for “Lubo” who was nagged by injuries early on in the year, and could only manage 27 points in 68 games.

The Ducks were probably expecting last season to be the beginning of the end for Visnovsky’s career, however the Islanders are expecting otherwise as, along with Captain Mark Streit, the Islanders will possess quite the potent power play defensive line. Add John Tavares, Matt Moulson, and power play specialist Brad Boyes to the mix and power play coach Doug Weight is probably very anxious to get to work with this group.

I’m personally expecting the defensive lines to look something like this when the season commences:

Visnovsky – Hamonic

MacDonald – Streit

Carkner – Donovan/Ness/de Haan

While I’m not a huge fan of breaking up the tandem of Hamonic and MacDonald, there isn’t much choice in the matter as a tandem of Streit and Visnovsky would not leave much leeway for error in the Isles defensive zone. Hamonic would add the defensive potency Visnovsky lacks to his game, as well as pick up some tricks of the offensive trade from his experienced linemate. MacDonald and Streit have worked well together before, when A-Mac was just getting started in the NHL and Streit was his mentor, and there shouldn’t be much of a problem with the two working together again. Carkner will have the role of protector for the rookie who will almost certainly be getting the permanent call-up as the 6th defenseman on the roster. Whether it is Donovan, most likely of the candidates, Ness, or de Haan, opponents will more than likely be thinking twice of putting a big hit on the rookie with Carkner lurking close by. Carkner will also add some protection to the goalies, particularly DiPietro, who seemed to get run into a few times too often last season.

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robertoscalia7@yahoo.com (Roberto Scalia) September Sat, 15 Sep 2012 18:00:34 +0000