Player News - Islanders

Date: Team: Pos:

Bode Wilde will likely be announced as a member of the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL today.

Wilde was reportedely having issues with college admission due to his grades and it appears to have forced him into a move to the OHL. Many had the 18-year-old pegged as a first round talent but he fell to the middle of the second round due to some character concerns. He's a few years away from making a impact at the NHL level.
Aug 20 - 9:46 AM

Speaking to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, Barry Trotz has vowed to make an organizational shift into more of a defensive minded game and a change in culture.

"There's going to be change. It's going to be structurally, on and off the ice, expectations are going to change," Trotz said. "Nothing against any former regimes, but we have our own vision of what we want to do, how we're going to do it." The Islanders have long been one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL, giving up a league-worst 296 goals last season. This could cause problems for fantasy owners who are expecting the same high-flying offensive production we've come to expect from the Islanders. However, this could make Robin Lehner a sneaky option for fantasy owners looking to make a late round splash in goal.
Aug 20 - 8:18 AM

Anders Lee is tied for second in tip-in goals over the last four seasons.

Lee is one of the better net-front presences in the NHL. He was also one of the better scorers in the league, as he found the back of the net 40 times last season. It’ll be interesting to see how John Tavares’ departure affects Lee’s fantasy value next season. Expect his numbers to come down.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 19 - 1:45 PM

Anthony Beauvillier could be a nice fantasy sleeper if he is able to lock down a spot on New York's top line during training camp.

Despite being a healthy scratch seven times last season, Beauvillier finished the season with a 21 goals and 36 points in 71 games, mainly because he was playing alongside Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. Both Barzal and Eberle are expected to be promoted to the team's top line, and if Beauvillier can move up with them, that would make him a candidate for a 25+ goal season. This is a situation to monitor during training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 19 - 10:05 AM

Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle will likely be moving up to the top line following the departure of John Tavares.

Playing primarily as the second line center, Barzal finished his rookie season with 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games, running away with the Calder Trophy. Pete Jensen of NHL.com is currently projecting either Anders Lee or Anthony Beauvillier as being the third party on New York's new top line. Despite losing the franchise's best player, the Islanders still have plenty of talent that will make their roster fantasy relevant.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 19 - 9:58 AM

Shane Prince has signed a two-year deal with Switzerland's HC Davos.

Prince didn't receive a qualifying offer from the New York Islanders this summer, so he's decided to take his talents to Europe. The 25-year-old missed a good chunk of last season because of an upper-body injury. He had one goal, one assist and 11 penalty minutes in 14 NHL games in 2017-18.
Source: HCD.ch
Aug 13 - 5:03 PM

The New York Islanders have signed Noah Dobson to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Islanders selected Dobson 12th overall in last June's NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old had 17 goals and 69 points in 67 games with the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst Titan last season. Dobson has performed well with Team Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but don't expect him to be in the NHL this season. He'll likely head back to the junior ranks for one or two more seasons.
Aug 13 - 10:50 AM

Noah Dobson played well for Canada at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

"He doesn't play like a 2000 (born player), he plays like a 1999," Team Canada coach Tim Hunter said. "He's got composure, he's got confidence, he's a big guy (6-foot-3, 180 pounds), he's got presence on the ice. That's going to bode well for giving him an opportunity to play on this team come December." The 18-year-old defender scored three goals in two games. Dobson was chosen 12th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders.
Aug 6 - 8:53 AM

Oliver Wahlstrom will attend Boston College in 2018-19 for his freshman season.

Wahlstrom was selected 11th overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders and he recently participate in the team's development camp. His decision means that he won't be at the Islanders' training camp in the fall, though. "It's going to be a new adventure. It's a good place for me to develop before the NHL, so it'll be fun," said Wahlstrom. "Obviously, (Boston College coach) Jerry York is the best coach around and he's still going with that squad. There will be a lot of guys returning so it'll be fun to live the college life, train and develop and get ready for the NHL."
Jul 30 - 8:04 AM

Thomas Greiss is looking at the 2018-19 season as a fresh start.

"With new management and everything, it's going to be a fresh start for everybody," Greiss said. "A new coach is going to be interesting. I've talked to him on the phone. I'm sure he's going to change a bunch of things." John Tavares' departure is a big hole up for the Islanders, but Greiss feels the team still has plenty of talent. He is also slated to share crease with Robin Lehner, who was cut loose by Buffalo this off-season, after Jaroslav Halak left as a free agent. "[Lehner] is new to me, but we'll meet for the first time when we get to New York," Greiss said. "It's a long year. ... We'll both play hard, and whoever plays, plays."
Jul 27 - 7:55 PM

Bode Wilde will play in the OHL this coming season, but he isn't sure where yet.

"It's all being taken care of and I'll probably know pretty soon," Wilde said. His OHL rights belong to Saginaw. He decided not to play college hockey shortly before he was chosen in the second round (41st overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. "I think we stole him. In my mind, we've got an elite player in the middle of the second round," said AHL Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson. "I'm excited to see how he progresses and where he is at training camp."
Jul 25 - 5:00 PM

Johnny Boychuk isn't a believer that the Islanders will be near the bottom of the league standings in 2018-19.

"I've already seen some people pegging us as being in the bottom," Boychuk told The Athletic on Monday. "That's just a slap in the face when I see it. Our team is really good. I think we're going to show them we are a good team." The Islanders have been several changes this off-season, including the loss of the face of the franchise when John Tavares left via free agency. Boychuk seems like a player who can help fill the leadership void.
Jul 25 - 3:27 PM

Piero Greco has been hired by the New York Islanders to serve as the team's new goaltending coach.

Greco has worked with the AHL's Toronto Marlies for the last four seasons as the head goaltending coach and before that he coached in the OHL.
Jul 25 - 12:24 PM

Brock Nelson has signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders.

Nelson and the Islanders had an arbitration hearing slated for Aug. 3, but that won't be necessary now. He will reportedly earn $4.25 million. Nelson potted 19 goals and recorded 35 points in 82 games last season.
Jul 23 - 6:06 PM

With the Islanders' management changing over the summer, Joshua Ho-Sang will get a fresh start in 2018-19.

Ho-Sang has plenty of offensive upside, but he ended up spending most of the 2017-18 campaign in the AHL. Even when he did play in the NHL last season, he was averaging a modest 14:17 minutes per game. He'll have an opportunity to prove himself with new head coach Barry Trotz though. "He’s got NHL skill, he’s got NHL ability," Trotz said. "From my standpoint, there are certain expectations we are going to have for him on and off the ice. I think he realizes a lot of his things in the past, where he got himself in maybe a little bit of, I don’t want to say trouble, but just in a situation where he comes across maybe poorly, that’s just a young man who is just growing up."
Jul 22 - 8:43 AM


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