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New York Islanders: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 47-28-7 (101 Points) 5th in the Eastern Conference

***Lost in GM 7 of the Easter Conference Quarterfinal Against the Washington Capitals***

ISLANDERS TEAM LEADERS

New York Islanders: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

D Griffin Reinhart (New Team: Edmonton Oilers)

G Michal Neuvirth (New Team: Philadelphia Flyers)

D Aaron Ness (New Team: Washington Capitals)

F Colin McDonald (New Team: Philadelphia Flyers)

F Harry Zolnierczyk (New Team: Anaheim Ducks)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

G Thomas Hickey (Former Team: Pittsburg Penguins)

F Joe Whitney (Former Team: New Jersey Devils)

F Ben Holmstrom (Former Team: Carolina Hurricanes)

F Justin Florek (Former Team: Boston Bruins)

F Louis Leblanc (Former Team: Anaheim Ducks)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.94 (NHL Ranking: 4th)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.68 (NHL Ranking: 23rd)

SV% (Save Percentage): .903 (NHL Ranking: 26th)

Easily one of the top scoring teams in the league, led by none other than John Tavares. If anything, expect the Islanders to only get better. The Islanders were able to keep the team together without giving up anyone significant during the offseason. One of the biggest stories earlier in the offseason, were talks surrounding a potential trade of Kyle Okposo. The Isles should be happy that Okposo stayed put, as he factors in greatly with the clubs success, leading the team 2nd in points (51).rangers-islanders2

In net, Jaroslav Halak, did enough to help the Islanders be successful last year posting a 2.43 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. Halak was also better in the Playoffs with a 2.30 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Though these stats don’t look horrible by any means, he definitely had some streaks of letting in easy goals that at times proved costly. Next year, Halak will have to perform even better if the Isles have hopes of pushing further into the Playoffs. In front will have to fair better as well, as the blue liners spent more time on the rush than holding back and playing positional hockey. While it helped in offensive scoring, it also opened up far too many gaps. This will need to be an area of emphasis for next season.

Regardless of the details that need polished, this is one of the top 10 teams in the league (in my humble opinion) that has a great chance to further improve. I wouldn’t put my money on the Isles winning it all next year, but I definitely wouldn’t rule out a deep Playoff run neither. I imagine as far as the regular season goes next year, they finish in the same position they did last season.

2015-2016 Season Projection: 3rd in the Metropolitan Division

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