New York Islanders Chances in the 2014-2015 Season posted by Islanders Fan
The New York Islanders performance slipped last season from their 2012-2013 performance to finish 14th in the eastern conference and 26th in the league. Their biggest weakness was goaltending that led them to register a .894 save percentage that was the worst in the NHL last season.
Manager Garth Snow has made a few new changes to fix the problem. 39 year old Evgeni Nabokov was traded for 10 year younger Jaroslav Halak. Nabokov left the team after a .905 save percentage in the last season.
Halak, his replacement, comes to the team with a career save percentage of .918 and his previous save percentage last season was .930. The other new acquisitions for the team were Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin, Cory Conacher, Chad Johnson, Jack Skille and T.J. Brennan. Chad Johnson should prove to be a great backup for Halak and registered a .925 percentage save last season with the bruins. He has a career .935 percentage.
Center and Defence
Their center currently relies on John Tavares. Tavares finished the season with 59 goals and 66 points. The team working with Chad Johnson and the rest of the defence, have more depth this season compared to last season where they had to rely on Anders Nilsson and Kevin Poulin.
The front is currently their biggest weakness since the departure of Thomas Vanek. Thomas Vanekanek who departed to Minnesota Wild, scored 27 goals and had 44 points during his time with the islanders last season. The team will be relying on Mikhail Grabovski who is one of the key acquisitions as well as players Kulemin and Strome.Continue reading "New York Islanders Chances in the 2014-2015 Season"