Isles Files: Playing Catch Up


Before I begin talking Islanders hockey, I owe my readers, as well as the other bloggers that write for this site, an apology. For those of you who don't know, the bloggers here at TCL Isles follow a schedule that I create. I also arrange my blogs to follow in that schedule as well, and I continue to remind our staff to do their best to keep up with it while trying to allow some freedome since it's the summer.

I have been out of sync with managing the site for about the past two weeks. Without getting into things, I can promise that I am now fully back on track and apologize for my absence.Fortunately, there hasn't been an over abundance of stories to report.

Sadly, John Tavares lost to Pekka Rinne in the EA Sports voting bracket for the cover of NHL 2013. He made it all the way to the semi-finals but fell short to the Predators net-minder. Maybe next year will be a different story. But Islanders fans certainly made a point to the rest of the league by showing that their voice can be loud when they have a reason to be heard. 

John Persson, who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, signed a three-year entry level contract with the Isles. The 20-year old left wing played 12 regular season games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in addition to two playoff games, tallying four goals and four assists. Persson doesn't exactly top the Islanders prospects rank, but it's great to see that he's getting a chance with their farm team to continue his development.

In addition to Persson, the Islanders also signed Blair Riley to a one-year, two-way contract. The 26-year old scored 11 points in 55 games last year with the Sound Tigers; just a depth guy on the depth team's depth charts. 

The biggest news coming out of the Islanders realm is that the Draft Party is officially set for Friday, June 22nd at Nassau Coliseum. Free fan passes are being given out, a total of eight per fan. John Tavares, Matt Martin, Matt Moulson, Nino Niederreiter, Kevin Poulin, Ryan Strome, Casey Cizikas and Calvin de Haan will be in attendance for all of the fun-filled festivities. As someone who has attended a handful of these events, I can assure you that they are very enjoyable. It's an excuse to get to the old barn, enjoy some hockey talk with fellow fans as well as seeing some of your favorite players in uniform at an uncustomary time of the year.

And of course, Islanders fans have to be happy that we are watching the L.A. Kings fight for the Stanley Cup against the New Jersey Devils and NOT the New York Rangers. I will be honest, the Rangers were a team that I picked to make the finals back in the middle of the season, but they were not the team I predicted to win the Cup. The Devils were probably one of the last teams that I picked to make it this far, as well as the L.A. Kings. It goes to show that the playoffs really are an entirely different season. With the L.A. Kings carrying a 1-0 series lead into game two, it is almost certain that the rest of the games will continue to be a hard fought death match until there is just one team left standing.

With that being said, stay tuned for future posts heading into the Draft as well as the rest of the summer.

-Rob McGowan

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