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Kyle Okposo | Winger

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/16/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 217
College: Minnesota
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The New York Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Sunday evening with goals by Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo.
With the game well out of reach, Okposo scored a goal 15:22 into the third period to make it 6-2. He had 51 points in just 60 games last season and will be looking to replicate those numbers in the final year of his contract with the Islanders. If he finds himself on a line with John Tavares to start the season, he will be primed for a big year. Oct 4 - 7:58 PM

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Forward Kyle Okposo is wondering if this will be his final season with the New York Islanders.

"It's pretty hard not to (wonder) when you go somewhere and everyone's asking you whether you're going to be traded or not," Okposo said. "It's part of the business, and I'm not naive to that. There's a lot of moving parts. Am I upset about it? No. There's things that upset you on a daily basis in this business, and you just have to go with it. As far as contracts, trade speculation, I don't want that to be a distraction. I just want to go out and play the game." Okposo is on the verge of embarking on his ninth season with the Isles. It is the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract. He finished second on his team in scoring last season with 51 points - 18 goals and 33 assists - in 60 games. He missed nearly two months last season after emergency surgery in January (detached retina).
Sep 14 - 10:48 PM

There was not a lot of trade talk involving Kyle Okposo at the 2015 Draft.

Okposo remained an Islander and the word is that he is seeking a long-term, big salary contract with one year remaining before free agency. The 27-year-old had 51 points in 60 games this season and will earn $4.5 million in the upcoming season. Contract extension talks should be ongoing but the Islanders could still deal him if the talks prove to be stalling or non-existent.
Jun 28 - 8:26 AM

New York Islanders GM Garth Snow says he "doesn't plan on trading Kyle Okposo."

For all the praise Okposo has garnered over the last couple of seasons, he's still not yet proven he's a reliable scoring threat night-in and night-on. Be that as it may, he's still only 27 years old and has amassed 120 points in 131 games over the last two seasons. Okposo has one season left at a $2.8M cap hit, and $4.5M salary, meaning his name will be in the rumor mill until he's either re-signed or traded.
Jun 25 - 5:59 PM

Kyle Okposo "could be on the trading block" leading up to the NHL draft, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

The Islanders do not pick until No. 72, the first time since 2007 the team doesn’t draft in the top 15. Okposo is in the final year of a five-year, $14 million contract. Staple says Islanders general manager Garth Snow "might not be interested in ponying up for a long-term deal," though he cautions nothing is close with any other teams at this point. Okposo had 18 goals and 51 points in 60 games this season.
Jun 20 - 9:03 PM

Kyle Okposo missed 22 games with an eye injury in 2014-15.

He revealed after the Islanders' season ended in the first round of the playoffs that he needed a second surgery on his eye three weeks after the initial procedure to clear up an infection. Okposo recorded 18 goals and 51 points in 60 games last year along with three points in seven postseason contests.
Apr 30 - 2:54 PM

Kyle Okposo had an assist in a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals Wednesday night.

It was Game 1 of the first round series. For Okposo, this was his seventh playoff game and he now has three goals and five career points in the postseason. He had 18 goals and 51 points in 60 regular season contests in 2014-15.
Apr 16 - 9:38 AM

Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders in their 3-0 win against the Sabres on Saturday night.

Okposo scored the game’s first goal while on the power play in the first period. He has 17 goals and 48 points in 57 games this season, so while he's been in the lineup, he has been an excellent performer. Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin also picked up goals for New York.
Apr 4 - 9:35 PM

Kyle Okposo had an assist in the Islanders' 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota Tuesday night.

Okposo didn't record a point in his first four games after returning from a detached retina, but he's bounced back by registered a point in each of his last two contests. He has 15 goals and 46 points in 52 games this season.
Mar 25 - 11:25 AM

Kyle Okposo doesn't have a point in four games since he returned to the lineup from a detached retina in his left eye.

He missed 22 games after surgery was required, so there has predictably been some rust. "We've got 10 games left and it's time for me to start playing better," Okposo said. He has posted eight shots and a minus-7 rating since coming back. Okposo appears to starting Saturday's game on a line with Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin.
Mar 21 - 8:35 AM

Kyle Okposo (detached retina) will return on Tuesday.

Okposo last played on Jan. 19. "It was really scary," Okposo recalled. "I had some blurry vision after the Philly game [on Jan. 19]. I was driving home to my daughter's [first] birthday party and I knew something was wrong. "That whole night, it didn't get better. So I went in, saw the retina specialist right away and he said, 'You have a detached retina and we need to do surgery right away.' It was pretty scary and there wasn't a guarantee I was going to see again. You definitely stop and pause after you hear that." Okposo enjoyed a breakout season in 2013-14 and he's continued to dominate this season. Although the Islanders might decide to ease him into the lineup, he should take over his spot alongside John Tavares sooner rather than later. That will cause Anders Lee to drop in the depth charts.
Mar 10 - 11:48 AM

Kyle Okposo (detached retina) is expected to skate with the Islanders on Saturday.

Okposo has skated by himself already this week. His return isn't imminent, but it shouldn't be too far off either as his initial timetable suggested he would be back in mid-to-late March. The Islanders have gone 11-8-1 without Okposo.
Mar 6 - 11:21 AM

Kyle Okposo has yet to skate since suffering a detached retina in late January.

Okposo was expected to be out for six-eight weeks and that would have him back in the lineup in mid-to-late March. He has 44 points in 46 games this season including a four goal game against the Penguins on January 16. Just an update in case you were wondering about his status.
Feb 15 - 9:21 AM

Kyle Okposo's upper-body injury is reportedly a detached retina.

It's not clear how Okposo suffered the injury. He is still expected to return in mid-to-late March. Mikhail Grabovski has temporarily assumed Okposo's spot on the Islanders' top line.
Feb 3 - 4:28 PM

Kyle Okposo (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

No surprise there as it was revealed on Monday that Okposo would be out for six-to-eight weeks. With Okposo out, it looks like Mikhail Grabovski will get a chance to play on the Islanders' top line with John Tavares.
Jan 27 - 11:16 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Frans Nielsen
3Ryan Strome
4Mikhail Grabovski
5Casey Cizikas
LW1Brock Nelson
2Anders Lee
3Nikolay Kulemin
4Matt Martin
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Josh Bailey
3Cal Clutterbuck
4Steve Bernier
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Calvin De Haan
5Marek Zidlicky
6Thomas Hickey
7Brian Strait
8Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Jean-Francois Berube