New York Islanders: 7 Milestones Islanders Players Will Likely Reach This Season

Michael DeSantis@@dtrain2495Senior Analyst IJanuary 7, 2012

New York Islanders: 7 Milestones Islanders Players Will Likely Reach This Season

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    So far, the 2011-12 season hasn't been that great for the New York Islanders. But one of the good things is that plenty of bigger name Islander players will be reaching some milestones in their careers.

    One of the players will reach a milestone that will likely earn him a spot in the NHL Hall of Fame.

    Many other players will be reaching milestones that help jump start their careers.

    So I'm just going to say this ahead of time. On a team with a load of young players, there will be a lot of "100" milestones.

    And no, you will not see the possible milestone for Rick DiPietro's 100th career injury in this slideshow.

1. Mark Streit: 400 Career Games

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    Mark Streit has currently played 399 career games, so he's just one shy.

    After coming into the NHL at a later age than most, Streit started with the Montreal Canadiens before becoming an Islander.

    Streit was named the captain of the team at the beginning of the season.

    Prediction—One game. Duh. He'll play his 400th game tonight in Phoenix when the Islanders take on the Coyotes.

2. P.A. Parenteau: 100 Career Points

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    Currently, P.A. Parenteau has 94 points in his career, six shy of 100.

    P.A. Parenteau came over to the Islanders after he was the odd man out of the New York Rangers rebuilding project. Now, he's a vital piece of the Islanders rebuilding project.

    Who would've thought that Parenteau would be such a great set-up man on the Islanders? Parenteau was recently moved down to the second line to create more balance in the Islanders offense.

    Otherwise, he was a great passer to Matt Moulson and John Tavares, the two guys he's spent the bulk of his Islanders career with so far.

    Prediction—10 games

    Parenteau is close to being a point per game player. But playing on a lower line with less talent may hamper his progress. It may take a little longer than if he were playing with Tavares and Moulson, but he should get there soon.

3. Michael Grabner: 100 Career Points

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    Michael Grabner currently has 80 points so far in his NHL career.

    This may be a bit of a stretch, as Grabner has struggled to find his game so far this season.

    In 37 games, he has 17 points. He's 20 points away with a little more than half the season remaining. Despite his struggles, he's not out of reach.

    If he can get hot and play like he did last year, he shouldn't have a problem. Last year, he scored 34 goals to lead all rookies.

    Prediction—35 games

    It will definitely take him a while, with all that he's struggled recently. But it's hard to make a prediction for him, since he has the potential to burn when he's hot.

4. Evgeni Nabokov: 300 Career Wins

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    This is who I was talking about when I said future Hall of Famer. Evgeni Nabokov is just two wins shy of 300 in his career.

    The longtime San Jose Shark came into the season with 293 wins. He's gotten five so far with Islanders.

    Nabokov is reported to most likely get the start tonight in the back to back against the Coyotes, but that can be subject to change.

    Prediction—Three games

    Nabby and the Islanders have been playing well recently, aside from the poor loss to the Ducks last night. Expect Nabby to get the two wins he needs in his next three or four games.

5. Frans Nielsen: 100 Career Assists

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    Frans Nielsen has 96 assists in his career.

    The speedy forward has spent his career so far with the Islanders, and has built himself to be known as the back-handing shootout specialist.

    He's Grabner's perfect compliment. If Nielsen can adjust to his linemates P.A. Parenteau and Brian Rolston, he should be able to get his four assists sooner rather than later.

    The lines could always be shuffled around. But until then, Nielsen and Parenteau can help each other reach their milestones.

    Prediction—Eight games

    Nielsen plays on the Islanders power play with the big boys, so he can always get some assists there. Look for him to get an assist every other game.

6. John Tavares: 100 Career Assists

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    John Tavares, the cornerstone of the Islanders rebuild has put together a very nice NHL resume together so far. He has 90 assists in his career.

    This season, Tavares has made himself quite the playmaker. He's been strong and smart with the puck, making great decisions and helping Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo succeed.

    Tavares has been great with getting helpers, as he has 22 in 38 games so far.

    He's on target to set a new career high in assists.

    Prediction—12 games

    Tavares has been playing really well right now, along with the rest of the Islanders top unit. It shouldn't take him too much longer to reach one of his major NHL milestones.

7. Matt Moulson: 100 Career Goals

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    Matt Moulson has 85 goals in his career so far, 15 shy of 100.

    I can't say enough about Moulson. He was brought in by Garth Snow just to help Tavares get used to the league, by bringing in his friend.

    Little did Snow, the fans, and the Islanders know, Moulson would be a leading scorer and star on the team night in and night out.

    Moulson is on target for his third 30-goal season in a row, and has a decent shot at 40 this year.

    15 goals isn't a lot for a guy like Moulson, who has a great playmaker in Tavares by his side.

    Prediction—28 games

    Moulson will most likely earn the milestone this season. He already has 18 goals. He should score on a little more than a goal every two games.