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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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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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