FanSided 30 for 30 – New York Islanders Preview


Michael Grabner is referred to as "Gremlin". Hmm... (PHOTO- hockeyindependent.com)

Young team, loads of potential, fun to watch, gritty, and undereducated folks say they’re under threat of moving.

Stupid Dan is writing about the Predators again. -You

Actually, this applies to the New York Islanders. The Isles could easily be the feel good story of the year, and they do have some full cupboards when it comes to forwards (think Edmonton, but with less #1 draft picks, and older), and could have a RELIABLE goalie in Al Montoya, unless Rick DiPietro regains his form/durability/jaw from several seasons ago. It’s hard not to like John Tavares, who will likely wear the C after the retirement of Doug Weight. Having Weight around for their young forwards could prove to be elemental and priceless over the years to come; he wasn’t the most talented guy in the room, but not everything can be accomplished on talent alone.

It’s also hard not to like Eyes on Isles, who have been steadfast and very well written despite the uncertainty that lies on Long Island.

The Islanders 2011-2012 slogan is not just four words.  It is going to be the culture of the team.  With the issues of the new arena, and the subsequent defeat at the polls in the summer, along with the constant rumors of the team going somewhere else, I can state with all certainty, that the Islanders WILL be on Long Island this year. They will be at the Coliseum for the next three years after that, and I know that they will be ready to commit themselves to take on the best of the NHL head on.  This team has every intention to prove to the pundits and naysayers that Long Island is NOT an inferior place to play and this team that is a solid hockey club, ready to move up the NHL ladder.

See? They already have me drinking the Blue and Orange kool-aid. (Raspberry Orange? Hmm) Head on over to check out their stellar season preview. Be nice, and be sure to mention a taunt towards Jim from Hamilton for us all.

Tags: AL Montoya John Tavares Michael Grabner New York Islanders