Friday, July 26, 2013

Rights Expiring On August 15th

The following players will have their rights expire on August 15th...

NHL Rights & Draft Info: Name : 2012-13 Team: Status
ANA (08’ 7th round pick): Nick Pryor : University of Maine: UNSIGNED
BOS (08’ 7th round pick) : Mark Goggin : Darmouth College: UNSIGNED
CGY (08’ 4th round pick): Nick Larson: University of Notre Dame : UNSIGNED
CHI (09’ 3rd round pick) : Daniel Delisle : University of Minnesota-Duluth : UNSIGNED    
CHI (09’ 7th round pick) : Paul Phillips : University of Denver : Signed ECHL Contract
CHI (08’ 6th round pick) : Braden Birch : Cornell University : Signed in Finland
CHI (08’ 7th round pick) : Joe Gleason : University of North Dakota : UNSIGNED
CBJ (09’ 2nd round pick) : Kevin Lynch : University of Michigan : UNSIGNED
TBL (08’ 4th round pick (CBJ)) : Drew Olson : University of Minnesota-Duluth : UNSIGNED
SJS (09’ 4th rounder (EDM)) : Kyle Bigos : Merrimack College : Signed AHL Contract
FLA (09’ 5th round pick) : Wade Megan : Boston University : UNSIGNED
MTL (09’ 6th round pick) : Dustin Walsh : Dartmouth College : UNSIGNED
NYI (10’ 7th round pick) : Cody Rosen : Clarkson University : UNSIGNED
OTT (10’ 7th round pick) : Bryce Aneloski : Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha : Signed ECHL Contract
PIT (09’ 5th round pick) : Alex Velischek : Providence College : UNSIGNED
VAN (09’ 4th round pick) : Jeremy Price: Colgate University : UNSIGNED
WSH (08’ 6th round pick) : Greg Burke : University of New Hampshire : UNSIGNED
WSH (07’ 4th round pick) : Brett Bruneteau : University of Vermont : UNSIGNED
WSH (06’ 6th round pick) : Brent Gwidt  : University of Nebraska-Omaha : UNSIGNED
WPG (08’ 4th round pick) : Vinny Saponari : Northeastern University : UNSIGNED
WPG (09’ 7th round pick) : Jordan Samuels-Thomas : Quinnipiac University: UNSIGNED
EDM (10’ 7th round pick(SJS)) : Lee Moffie : University of Michigan : UNSIGNED

Islanders Rookie Camp

A few weeks overdue, but these are my thoughts from Islanders Rookie Camp:

Taylor Cammarata- He has decent hands, but I just don't see anything suggesting that he will be able to overcome his size deficiencies. Most undersized players that make it to the top level do it through either being built physically or having high-end speed. Cammarata looks physically weak and has average speed which when you combine those characteristics with his small stature, it makes for a player who is a long shot to make it to the NHL. Over time my opinion may and hopefully will change, but right now I am not keeping my hopes up.

Jason Clark- Not flashy, but I thought he played a strong game. Battles in the dirty areas well and I think he has some offensive upside. I wanna see him stick with Bridgeport next year.

Victor Crus Rydberg- You can see his hockey sense, very headsy player at both ends of the ice. I do agree with the observation that was said a few days ago, he has some Frans Nielsen in his game.

Joe Diamond- He is going to be a player at the NHL level. I love this kid, glad we got him. While his line-mate may have been the best player on the ice, Diamond was important in that line's success. He was great in the offensive zone and his awareness was terrific. He, unlike Cammarata, does have that physical strength needed for a small guy to make it. He wasn't easy to knock off the puck and he was throwing his body around a bit. He is not afraid of anyone. There were a few times that he took on some big boys and HE intimidated THEM.

Kirill Kabanov- I was extremely impressed with Kirill. He works hard and was willing to go to the dirty areas, battling hard in front of the net and in the corners. He looked really quick out there and that training with Gary Roberts seems to be paying dividends. He was responsible in his own end as well. One knock I have is that he can try to be too pretty, he needs to be more willing to just throw it on net. Despite that, I think he is poised to have a breakout year.

Alan Quine- I left this scrimmage with a great impression of Quine. He looked slick and skilled. His hands are terrific and I thought he showed some good vision. He was solid at both ends of the ice. I am excited to see him in Bridgeport next year.

Nick Sorkin- For some reason, I really seemed to like him. He skated well for a big guy and more than once he led an odd-man rush for his team.

Ryan Strome- There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said, but I found this interesting. I came to the scrimmage with a few buddies, one of which hasn't watched a hockey game since he was 8 (ten years ago) and knows very little about the sport. All he kept saying the entire time was how amazing it was that Strome was able to weave in and out of his opponents with so much ease. There are few players out there that can make a such an impression on someone with no hockey knowledge.

Mike Dalhuisen- My friends at Quinnipiac told me I'd love this guy, and after yesterday I can say they were right. I loved his mixture of awareness and physicality in his own end. He was moved the puck really well, and with that big shot I think he could be of value from the point. He just looks like a really complete defenseman, I think we may have found something here. I am very interested to see how he does next season.

Loic Leduc- I actually liked what I saw from him. He was utilizing his huge frame well, but did seem to take himself out of position occasionally looking to throw a big hit. With that said, I don't think we should all write him off yet.

Scott Mayfield- Really impressed. Was talented at both ends. Really smart in his own zone and willing to use his body effectively. Seemed poised with the puck on his stick and made a few nice passes. Still needs a little time, but he is one to watch.

Andrey Pedan- He will be a good NHL'er, I am sure of that. Was a rock defensively and recovered nicely on any minor miscue. His mix of physicality and positioning is impressive for a kid his age. He skates very well for such a big guy and he has some nice offensive upside. In the O-zone, he was very confident up at the point running the play. Didn't force any shots, waited for the right moment to fire one. He is not too far away from the NHL IMO and I think he has top-four defenseman written all over him.

Griffin Reinhart- Was good without the puck, was bad with the puck. He seemed to always be well positioned and he did a good job keeping things simple in his own end, but offensively, he was struggling mightily. He had trouble handling passes and looked uncomfortable at the point. It is a rookie game in July so I'm not concerned as we have all seen him perform better, but this wasn't a great showing.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

2012-13 Islanders Season Review: Michael Grabner

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LW. Michael Grabner

Player Information:
Date of Birth: October 5, 1987 (Season Age: 25)
Place Of Birth: Villach, Austria
Height: 6'1
Weight: 187
NHL Season: 3rd Full NHL Season
Season In Isles Organization: 3rd Season
Drafted: Vancouver In The 1st Round (14th Overall) Of The 2006 NHL Draft.
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from Florida in 2010.

2012-13 Statistics & Notable Information:
Villacher SV (Austria): 17 GP | 10 G | 9 A | 19 PTS | 2 PIM 
NY Islanders (NHL): 45 GP | 16 G | 5 A | 21 PTS | 12 PIM
**** PLAYOFFS **** NY Islanders (NHL): 6 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | 0 PIM  

Important Season Facts:
- Tied for the best plus/minus of any Islander in the playoffs with a plus-2.
- Third-most hits of any Islander in the playoffs with 17.
- Most takeaways of any Islander in the playoffs with 9.
- Second-most game winning goals on the Islanders during the regular season with 3.
- Second-best shooting percentage of any Islander during the regular season with 14.8%.

Contract:
LENGTH: 5 YEARS  VALUE: $15,000,000  TYPE: SPC  EXPIRY STATUS: UFA (2016)
SEASON
AHL SALARY
NHL SALARY
P. BONUSES
S. BONUS
CAP HIT
2011-12
$1,000,000
$1,000,000
$3,000,000
2012-13
$2,000,000
$2,000,000
$3,000,000
2013-14
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
2014-15
$4,000,000
$4,000,000
$3,000,000
2015-16
$5,000,000
$5,000,000
$3,000,000

Short-Term Future:
He has a contract that keeps him with the team until the summer of 2016. It is pretty safe to say that he will be on the Islanders for the immediate future. Thanks to his impressive playoff performance I do expect his stock to rise in the eyes of the Islanders coaching staff. I’d look for Grabner to see an increased role next season.
Long-Term Future:
He should be with the team for the next few years baring a trade. What happens at the conclusion of his current contract remains to be seen, but as of now it definitely seems as though he will be on the Islanders for a long period of time. Having found a niche as a third liner who plays big PK minutes, I think he is a player that fits well going forward.

Season Grade

(B+)  -- His regular season was good, but not great. On the other hand, his post-season was fantastic. I thought he was one of the better players on the ice and it became clear how much influence he can have on a game when playing at 100%. Throughout this season, he proved to be a top defensive forward for the Islanders and when you combine that with the many offensive opportunities that are created due to his speed, it makes for a valuable hockey player.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2012-13 Islanders Season Review: Josh Bailey

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LW. Josh Bailey

Player Information:
Date of Birth: October 2, 1989 (Season Age: 23)
Place Of Birth: Bowmanville, Ont, Canada
Height: 6'1
Weight: 194
NHL Season: 5th Full NHL Season
Season In Isles Organization: 5th Season
Drafted: Islanders In The 1st Round (9th Overall) Of The 2008 NHL Draft.
Acquired: Drafted By The Islanders

2012-13 Statistics & Notable Information:
Bietigheim (Germany 2)6 GP | 3 G | 8 A | 11 PTS | 16 PIM 
NY Islanders (NHL)38 GP | 11 G | 8 A | 19 PTS | 6 PIM
**** PLAYOFFS **** NY Islanders (NHL): 6 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | 0 PIM  

Important Season Facts:
- Best plus/minus among all Islanders forwards with a plus-7.
- All 11 of Josh Bailey’s regular season goals were scored even strength.
- Career best PPG with a 0.50 pace.

Contract:
LENGTH: 2 YEARS  VALUE:  $2,100,000  TYPE: SPC  EXPIRY STATUS: RFA (2013)
****CONTRACT EXPIRES THIS OFF-SEASON****
SEASON
AHL SALARY
NHL SALARY
P. BONUSES
S. BONUS
CAP HIT
2011-12
$800,000
$800,000
$1,050,000
2012-13
$1,300,000
$1,300,000
$1,050,000


Short-Term Future:
While his contract is expiring this summer, the Islanders shouldn't have much trouble re-signing the pending restricted free-agent. I fully expect him to return to the Islanders, but likely on a short-term contract. He will need to kick next season off the same way he finished this one and if he does that he should find himself playing quality top-six minutes. If the Islanders do decide to let Brad Boyes walk as a UFA, there is an outside chance that Bailey may even find himself on the first-line next to Tavares.
Long-Term Future:
As I mentioned, I don’t expect the Islanders to sign Bailey to a long-term deal just yet. This summer he will likely receive a one or two year contract. With the influx of high-end forwards coming through the Islanders system, he will need to prove that he can perform consistently at a high level of play. If he fails to do so, the Islanders will be forced to replace him with one of the many young players that could.

Season Grade
(B+)  -- Much like last season, Bailey bounced back from a disappointing start and was able to make a significant impact down the stretch, but unlike last season, it actually made a difference this time around. Without the play of Bailey and the rest of his line, the Islanders would have probably missed the playoffs. It was a good year for him.

Summary:
During the lock-out, Josh Bailey played six games in the 2 Bundesliga, otherwise known as Germany2 (the second tier professional league in Germany), with the Bietigheim Steelers. While he did put up good numbers with three goals and eight assists for eleven points, his time with the Steelers brought more harm than good as he returned to the Islanders at the conclusion of the lock-out with a fairly serious knee injury that required surgery. The injury kept him out of the first ten games of the shortened forty-eight game NHL season, and may have been a big contributing factor behind his very slow start that saw him record only five points through his first eighteen games back with the Islanders. Luckily for his team, he suddenly found his groove down the stretch as he put up fourteen points in his final twenty games. This shift can be easily seen in his points-per-game numbers that somehow saw him end the year with his best season PPG of his career. With a 0.28 PPG total through his first eighteen games, he was able to go on an impressive 0.70 PPG pace through his final twenty regular season games to bring his season total all the way up to a 0.50. His offensive contribution was a big reason why the Islanders were able to go on their incredible run that saw them earn a playoff bid for the first time since 2007. What made his production so influential for his club was the fact that much of it was even strength. Over the past few years, the Islanders have struggled mightily when playing five-on-five so having Bailey put up all eleven of his goals and all but two of his assists in even strength situations, caused a shift in the Islanders overall success. While much of his contribution was on the offensive side of the puck, he was not a liability in his own end. Occasionally, he would try and be too fancy in the defensive zone, but for the most part he was responsible. With the best plus/minus among all Islanders forwards with a plus-7, it is fair to say that he was useful in all three zones. Yes, he was extremely important to the Islanders this year, but next season he will need to show this play consistently from start to finish.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Isles Sign Chris Bruton


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FREE AGENT SIGNING: NEW YORK ISLANDERS SIGN CHRIS BRUTON TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT.
Recently the New York Islanders announced that they signed twenty-six year old forward Chris Bruton to a one-year, two-way contract agreement.

Bruton’s road to his first NHL contract has been a long and difficult one that began when he captained the 2007-08 Spokane Chiefs to a Memorial Cup championship. He then went to Acadia University where he played three seasons of CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) hockey before signing with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. It wasn’t long before he was recognized by the Aces AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, and was quickly signed. That ECHL and AHL split 2011-12 season saw him post six goals and seven assists for thirteen points in twenty-seven ECHL games and two goals and three assists for five points in thirty-eight AHL games. Bruton found a home with the Rivermen and was able to be an everyday player with the club this past season. In sixty-eight games, he scored four goals and five assists for nine points and spent 134 minutes in the penalty box. As a bottom-six forward for his club, he was surprisingly one of only four players who played at least fifty games and posted a positive plus/minus rating. 

While he will never be a big point producer, he does have a modest skill-set that complements his grinding style of play. 
 He is also a willing combatant that uses his entire 5-foot-11 frame to impose himself on his opponents. Most likely, he will not be an NHL-level player for the Islanders and will instead take a depth role with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Thanks to his high-end work ethic, he should be able to make an impact on the young team that the Tigers are expected to field this season.

In my opinion, he is a very solid addition for the Islanders to increase their depth in their minor league system.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2012-13 Islanders Season Review: Matt Moulson

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LW. Matt Moulson

Player Information:
Date of Birth: November 1, 1983 (Season Age: 29)
Place Of Birth: North York (Ontario), Canada
Height: 6'1
Weight: 209
NHL Season: 4th Full NHL Season
Season In Isles Organization: 4th Season 
Drafted: Pittsburgh Penguins In The 9th Round (263rd Overall) Of The 2003 NHL Draft.
Acquired: Signed by the Islanders in 2009

2012-13 Statistics & Notable Information:
New York Islanders (NHL): 47 GP | 15 G | 29 A | 44 PTS | 4 PIM 
**** PLAYOFFS **** New York Islanders (NHL)6 GP | 2 G | 1 A | 3 PTS | 10 PIM

Important Season Facts:
-Second-highest point total on the Islanders with 44.
-Led the Islanders in assists with 29.
-For the first time in his Islanders career he missed a game due to injury.
-Among all players who recorded 40 or more points, he had the lowest PIM total with 4.

Contract:
LENGTH: 3 YEARS    VALUE: $9,400,000    TYPE: SPC    EXPIRY STATUS: UFA (2014)
SEASON
AHL SALARY
NHL SALARY
P. BONUSES
S. BONUS
CAP HIT
2011-12
$2,500,000
$2,500,000
$3,133,333
2012-13
$3,000,000
$3,000,000
$3,133,333
2013-14
$3,900,000
$3,900,000
$3,133,333


Short-Term Future:
Since he signed with the Islanders in the summer of 2009, Matt Moulson has consistently been a key component to the Islanders offense. In the upcoming season, that will surely continue as he attempts to earn an extension to further his career with the club. I expect Islanders head coach Jack Capuano to place Moulson back in his usual line-up spot on the first-line flanking John Tavares.
Long-Term Future:
As one of the only true veterans in the Islanders top-six forward group, it will be very interesting to see what type of contract he agrees upon after his current deal expires next summer. I have heard the argument that because of the influx of talent coming through the system the Isles should look to move the twenty-nine year old, but I personally don’t agree. While he does have his flaws, I think he is a major part of the identity that the Isles have created and I would feel comfortable committing him to a job in the club’s top-nine forward group for a few more years.

Season Grade
(A) – Continued to be a key player for the Islanders and although he did seem to slow down as the year went on, I would consider his season a success. He also showed some great leadership throughout the year which proved to be essential to the team’s playoff run down the stretch.

Summary
Coming off of his incredible 2011-12 campaign where he put up 36 goals and 33 assists for 69 points, Moulson was expected to meet fairly high expectations. Just a few weeks into the season it became evident that he was up to the task. Moulson has been arguably the most consistent Islander since his arrival in 2009. In his first three seasons with the club, he played all 82 games each year as well as posting at least 30 goals. While he was just as dependable, he did miss one game this season which was the first he wasn’t dressed for since his arrival. In the 47 games that he suited up in, he scored 15 goals and recorded 29 assists for 44 points. With an average points-per-game of 0.94, he beat out his previous career high of 0.84. Interestingly enough, that comes despite the fact that he posted the worst shooting percentage of his career. This season he took 154 shots and only scored 15 goals which caused his percentage to plummet to only 9.7% compared to the 16.4% he had last season. I always look at shooting percentage as a gauge for how lucky or unlucky a player was over a span of time. For a player like Moulson whose shooting percentage is normally between 13% and 16%, a random drop to a much lower number usually indicates that bounces were just not going his way. If you take the 154 shots he took this season and put those up against his average career shooting percentage of 13.7 (which was brought down significantly due to this season’s drop) then he would have ended up with approximately 21 goals. As I mentioned earlier, much of Moulson’s statistical success was experienced during the first half of the season. He did seem to burn out down the stretch, but much of that could be attributed to his bout with the flu which seemed to impinge on him more than his one game absence would indicate. With that said, his determination to fight through those ailments had to inspire those younger teammates who look up to the veteran forward. As an established leader in the locker room, his outstanding character was rewarded further when he was recently named a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the second straight year. As the Islanders hope to capitalize on the success they experienced this season, they will look to Matt Moulson to continue his usual high level of play.

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