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Name That Islander!

See how well your know your Islanders by matching the player with what the scouts said about them prior to being drafted

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 11:23 AM / Islanders 2012 Draft Central
By Travis Betts
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Name That Islander!
As we approach this weekend's NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, there is constant speculation as to which prospects will make it to the NHL, and which ones will become stars in the league. Sometimes the scouting reports are accurate, but sometimes they are not.

We have taken old scouting reports on seven current New York Islanders from Hockey's Future, and placed them below. Can you match each scouting report with the Islanders listed? Answers are at the bottom.

A. John Tavares B. Dylan Reese C. Frans Nielsen D. Matt Moulson E. Andrew MacDonald F. Michael Grabner G. Josh Bailey

1.“…is a very good skater with great quickness and nice soft hands. He is a good playmaker and possesses great sense and passion for the game. He also has a solid shot. He is very aware of his duties as a center and he seems to enjoy playing defense.”

2. “His game is all skating and skill. He has the speed to find openings and create scoring opportunities with the ability to stickhandle at top speed. He is very difficult to stop on breakaways and other situations close to the net. He has yet to maintain the consistent performance that his high talent level suggests and this has been a source of frustration at times. As with many high level scorers who dominate at an early level, two-way play is an area that needs to be refined as he progresses in pro hockey. His dominant talent level make him dangerous to opponents both in the power play and penalty kill phases of the game.”

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow selected Josh Bailey with the ninth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft
3. “Used in all situations, this player has an excellent work ethic and can play in both ends of the ice. He is a very good playmaker and can feed his teammates the puck and take face-offs very well. Often used as a quarterback on the power play, his hockey sense and leadership skills are excellent.”

4. “While much has been written about his offensive skills and outstanding skating and transitioning abilities, what isn’t mentioned as much is his hockey smarts and his continually improving sound defensive game. What has made him such a valuable commodity to his team’s blueline corps this season has been his continued improvement in the mental aspects of the game.”

5. “…has above average offensive skills for a blue liner, and a talent for creating quick offensive rushes. It is his ability to make tape-to-tape, up-ice passes and set up for quick shots off the point that make him, if not a true defenseman, a talented offensive-defenseman.”

6. “…is a top-flight talent, perhaps not in the same class as a Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, but still a player you can build around.  Yes, he is not the fastest skater on the ice; yes, his defense -- while improving -- remains passable at best. But what can't be denied is his incredible hockey sense and offensive ability.”

7. “…Is a tremendously skilled player with hockey smarts to boot. He’s also an excellent skater with very good speed. He’s blessed with great hands, and his passing ability is outstanding. He uses his frame quite well. He’s strong and tough to move off of the puck. In addition to his well-publicized offensive skills, he is also a solid defensive player. He was utilized in his team’s penalty-killing situations and has done very well in breaking up plays, particularly in odd-man rush situations.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 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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