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Isles Awards: Player of the Year

Vote for the Isles player of the year in the fourth installment of Isles Awards

Monday, 05.19.2014 / 3:30 PM ET / News
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Isles Awards: Player of the Year

It's time for the fourth round of #IslesAwards voting!

Islanders fans - it's up to you to decide the "Player of the Year."

Watch the video - containing highlights from each outstanding Islander - and place your vote. The poll will be open until noon on Thursday, with the winner being announced Friday.

Nominee 1: John Tavares
In his first season as Islanders captain, John Tavares tallied the highest point-per-game ratio of his career with 66 points in 59 games (1.12 ppg). Tavares finished second in team scoring despite missing 23 games due to injury. The 23-year-old started the season with points in 18 of the first 21 games, but his hottest stretch came at the turn of the New Year. The fifth-year Islander tallied 16 points in a seven-game span, including a five-point night (three goals, two assists) against the Dallas Stars on Jan. 7.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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Nominee 2: Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo was a revelation for the Islanders this season, emerging as the team’s top scorer during a breakout campaign. Okposo led the Islanders with 69 points (27 goals, 42 assists) in 71 games and tied Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis for 19th in league scoring. The St. Paul, MN native set new highs in goals, assists and points, while playing gritty, hard-nosed hockey and was one of the emotional leaders for the Islanders.  In a 20-game stretch from Dec. 17 to Jan. 27, Okposo recorded 13 goals and 15 assists.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
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Nominee 3: Frans Nielsen
Frans Nielsen had a career-year in 2013-14, setting new highs in goals (25), assists (33) and points (58). The Danish center added a new offensive dimension to his outstanding defensive game, making him a more dangerous overall player.  With captain John Tavares out during the final quarter of the season, Nielsen stepped up into the first line in a big way. Nielsen tallied 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the 20 games after the Olympic break. The Isles shootout ace also once again set the standard for shootout excellence, finishing second in the NHL with eight shootout tallies.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

 

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 51 21 24 -3 45
K. Okposo 52 15 29 -10 44
F. Nielsen 54 15 20 -2 35
B. Nelson 54 20 11 -2 31
M. Grabovski 54 9 16 2 25
N. Leddy 54 4 21 -11 25
A. Lee 54 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 53 9 15 3 24
R. Strome 43 6 15 -5 21
C. Cizikas 54 5 13 4 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 12 4 .914 2.42
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .930 2.21
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