Canadian Junior Hockey (CHL) 101

Quick Note: This is an article I have wrote in the past however I felt with the Canadian Hockey League or simply CHL, season almost upon us as well as my expanded coverage of prospects, I decided to re-post it with some updated information to kind of keep it fresh. If you ever had any questions about Jr. Hockey in Canada this is the article for you. What is the Canadian Hockey League...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Over/Under: Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy

First line: Tavares, Okposo, LeeLine two: Strome, Nelson, BaileyThird line: Nielsen, Grabovski, KuleminThe final group: Martin, Cizikas, Clutterbuck, Grabner Continuing August’s over/under series, we take a look at the first pairing of defenseman, Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. That tandem is a near certain combination come October, and after a great first season on Long Island...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders facing tough decision with Okposo

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Islanders find themselves at an interesting crossroads. Finally, after years of ineptitude, the Islanders find themselves in a position where they could be a contender over the next several years thanks to a ton of young, exciting talent and finally having the supplementary pieces in place. The thing about building a contender, however...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Almost There Edition: 8/22/15

We are now 26 days from the Islanders having to report to Long Island for training camp physicals and 48 days from the opening game at Barclays Center against the Chicago Blackhawks. Hockey is coming. And not a moment too soon. The weather will turn more crisp, trees will being to change color and John Tavares and Jonathan Toews will line up at center ice in Brooklyn. But that might...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders GM Snow knows what he has in Tavares

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow has watched captain John Tavares quickly develop into the current face of the franchise. Tavares, who will be 25 during training camp, secured his second Hart Trophy finalist nomination last season after setting career highs in goals (38) and points (86) to finish second in the Art Ross Trophy race. His spirited play helped New York ...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 8|20|15 – The Jersey Addition

Jersey advertisements long been looked at as an imminent, yet slow approaching alternative for the NHL to use. The “threat”, which once was nothing but a distant thought, became legitimized after the American Hockey League began to integrate ads on their jerseys. And with Adidas replacing Reebok as makers of jerseys beginning in 2017, ads look to be on the way. Fans were in an...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders' move to Barclays Center proving pricey

The New York Islanders have generated quite a buzz by making the playoffs in two of the last three seasons.Fans interested in seeing what the buzz is about better prepare to bring their wallets, as the average cost of a ticket at Barclays Center in Brooklyn has skyrocketed following the team's move from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.After a ticket averaged ...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Over/Under: The First Line

No, I don’t know what the Islanders lines will look like once they drop the puck on October 9th in Brooklyn, when the Chicago Blackhawks come to town and open up Barclays Center in grand style. But we can go from experience and outright guessing for this exercise. It is August after all, where hockey news goes to hibernate for another four weeks before training camp opens league...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: 8/12/2015

For the past several seasons one question has remained a constant heading into Islanders training camp. Who will play with John Tavares? If everyone is healthy – which is always a big if – I would think that the Islanders top-six forwards will consist of John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey. I do not believe it is a bad thing that...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Ten stadiums that should host an outdoor NHL game

Gary Bettman said recently that he doesn’t think outdoor hockey games have been overdone. I happen to agree with him. The outdoor games draw big crowds, spike in the ratings and are just plain fun. I went to Yankee Stadium to see the Rangers play the Islanders. At game time it was eight degrees … eight! I bought a cheesesteak at the game and had to wolf it down before it froze...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders In Office: What If Tavares Ran For President?

Contributed by: Tom Ballantyne (Twitter) Hot off the first GOP Debate, the election season has begun, as all candidates look to set themselves up for a presidential bid and take over for outgoing president Barack Obama. This, for me anyway, turned into thoughts of the great 91, John Tavares, and how he would fair as president and in a presidential election. The only issue is...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders' Tavares draws rave reviews from Kings' Quick

New York Islanders captain John Tavares is rapidly gaining the respect of his peers in the league.Perhaps that should come as no surprise after Tavares finished as a finalist for the Hart Trophy in 2014-15, marking his second such honor in his relatively brief stay in the NHL.Well, count Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick as one of Tavares' biggest supporters. The two-time...
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Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Praises for Tavares Edition 8/6/15

Although John Tavares didn’t receive any coveted hardware from the NHL last season, the Art Ross, Hart Memorial or Stanley Cup Trophies, Islanders’ fans did receive a nice reminder of the respect he has gained around the league during his young career when two-time Stanley cup winning goaltender Jonathan Quick included him on his list of “five snipers who give goalies nightmares”...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Affairs of the Hart (Trophy)

End-of-season awards, regardless of sport, engender quite a bit of debate, from well-groomed TV analysts to grizzled couch-dwellers. Deciding which player is the best at something is difficult when there is no perfect, catch-all statistic. Sure, there are awards that represent a certain milestone—the batting title in baseball, the Golden Boot in soccer—but awards like Most Valuable...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: Nikolay Kulemin

Nikolay Kulemin Season: 72 GP – 15 G – 16 A – 31 PTS — 21 PIM — plus-7 Career: 503 GP – 99 G – 127 A – 226 PTS — 133 PIM — minus-1 Contract: 4.18MM cap hit through 2018-19 (UFA) 2014-2015 Season Recap: Ask yourself this question: Who are the most visible players on a given team? Answer: those who are either incredibly proficient (Player A), or devastatingly...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: July 23rd, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than discussing hockey analytics in summer. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – IS SIDNEY CROSBY STILL THE WORLD’S BEST PLAYER($)?????? Usually the posts on are pretty solid, and the ones on Insider are doubly so.  This one…not so much. My criticism does not come...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Tavares on McDavid: 'He's going to do some special things'

One of the lasting images of Connor McDavid from the NHL Draft was of him nervously fidgeting in his seat before the Edmonton Oilers officially made him the first overall pick of the draft. But McDavid did not look nervous when he took the ice at the Oilers' prospect development camp this week and scored five goals in a single scrimmage. Former No. 1 pick John Tavares of the New...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: Calm Down Rook: 7|8|15

Rookie mini-camp began yesterday in Brooklyn, making it the first to be held in the Islanders’ new home. Prospects were showcased in front of the media in their practice yesterday, and while the event should not be used to evaluate who will be making the team, there are always players who stand out on the ice. Josh Ho-Sang, as usual, had the media’s attention yesterday with his...
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July 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: John Tavares

John Tavares Season: 82 GP – 38 G – 48 A – 86 PTS – 46 PIM – +5 Career: 432 GP – 174 G – 227 A – 401 PTS – 205 PIM Contract: $5.5 million cap hit through 2017-18 – UFA 2014-2015 Season Recap: There was a lot of uncertainty surrounding New York Islanders captain John Tavares heading into the 2014-15 season. Tavares was coming off a knee injury, suffered...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

NY Islanders Most Expensive Game For 2015-16 Season Is Home Opener At Barclays Center

The New York Islanders enter the 2015-16 NHL season with high expectations. Last year, the Islanders finished with an overall record of 47-28-7, even in a tough Metropolitan Division, and were led by standout John Tavares, who had his most productive season of his career. Tavares, also the club’s captain, found the net 38 times and contributed 48 assists, helping propel the Islanders...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Changes Abound As Islanders Announce Home Opener

The New York Islanders today announced that they will open the 2015-16 season at their new home, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, on Friday, October 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Typically Saturday was the day of choice when the team hosted opponents at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum but times are changing. With the venue switch comes a new day, a new opponent and more importantly...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: A Hart For Tavares Edition: 6|24|2015

The National Hockey League will announce the winner of the Hart Trophy, the award given to the NHL player judged to be the “most valuable to his team” during the regular season, tonight in Las Vegas. As always, members of the Hockey Writer’s Association have three outstanding players to choose from; forward John Tavares from the New York Islanders, Alex Ovechkin from the...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 6|18|15

Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers are expected to part ways this summer. Naturally, the news made me wonder whether or not St. Louis would be a perfect fit for the New York Islanders during the 2015-16 season. I know. St. Louis underachieved in a Rangers uniform. The price the Rangers paid to acquire him wasn’t worth the results (not a Stanley Cup), but that isn’t...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 6/12/15

I feel you pain, Coyotes faithful. I truly do. The fear of losing your hockey team isn’t pleasant. When the New York Islanders were rumored to be moving out of town, it truly felt like every childhood memory and every second of investment in a team I truly love could be swept away at any given moment. The worst part was that I, along with many others, were truly helpless in the...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

CCM Hockey now sponsors Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid wasted no time obtaining a major sponsorship deal. CCM Hockey has brought McDavid into the fold, joining a lengthy list of NHL stars which includes Carey Price, John Tavares and several others. Here’s how CCM Hockey made the announcement: It's official. @CMcDavid97 is #MadeOfHockey and has joined the CCM Hockey family. — CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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