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ISLANDERS FANTASY HOCKEY PREVIEW

Wednesday, 09.28.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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ISLANDERS FANTASY HOCKEY PREVIEW
By Corey Witt

Periodically throughout the course of the season, Corey Witt will give Islanders fans a heads up on which of their favorite players are fantasy must plays, sleepers as well as key injury updates. This week - Here's your Islanders fantasy draft preview.

Early Round Selections:

Rick DiPietro - Cast off the title of young netminder because Ricky D. is the real thing in the crease. The former No. 1 overall pick in the draft played in 51 games in 2003-04 and that number can easily jump into the mid-60's this season. And watch out, even with the new goalie rules, DiPietro can still give your team a few assists.

Alexei Yashin - Four words: New Rules/Miroslav Satan. The new NHL should make for a new Yashin on the Island. Open ice could (dear we say it?) mean 50 goals? And even if his new scoring partner Mr. Satan isn't on the same line, it will split up the opposing defense and let Yashin cash in.

Miroslav Satan - Simply put, he's one of the best scorers in the game right now. Since the 1998-99 season, Satan has netted the ninth most goals with 194. Again, more open ice should let Satan be a huge goal collector.

Mid-Round Gems:

Oleg Kvasha - Co-led the Islanders in points in 2003-04 and it looked like he finally broke out. He's a top-two line forward on the Isles and will have plenty of good company on his wings. Another 51-point season is definitely possible Kvasha.

Trent Hunter - The other scoring co-leader for the Islanders in 2003-04. Injuries slowed him in the second half of his rookie campaign, but if he stays healthy this year, Hunter will be targeting plenty of big games.

Janne Niinimaa - Where's the defense on this list you ask? Niinimaa is one of the Islanders big guns on the blueline and could see his minutes increase from 2003-04. He netted 28 points while averaging 23:15 minutes per game. More ice time could equal more points.

Mark Parrish - Always good for 25+ goals. Can't ask for more from a mid-round selection.

Sleepers:

Mattias Weinhandl - The ultimate sleeper. If your league didn't follow the Swedish Elite League last year, then you're in luck. Why? Weinhandl was tied for first in goals with 26 and third in points with 46. He is a fantasy must-have and grab him in the middle-to-late rounds.

Mike York - Will he play wing or center and what's his exact role on the Islanders? Those questions might hurt his fantasy value. But even if he finds work on the third line, he can certainly put up good fantasy numbers? just ask Jason Blake.

Jason Blake - See: Mike York. Same story and he's been putting up big numbers in recent seasons. These types of players never get fantasy respect. So hope the other teams in your league don't give it to them either because the Islanders and your fantasy team will bask in their glory.

Brad Lukowich - This d-man can help your team's plus/minus. In 2003-04, he finished with a +29 rating (seventh best in the NHL). He won't hurt your team - only help it.

Check back as the season gets closer for more fantasy inside tips on the Blue and Orange.

 - CW

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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