New York Islanders: Evgeni Nabokov Joins Islanders That Were Snubbed by NHL

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJuly 19, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 08:  Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders defends the goal during the second period against the New Jersey Devils on March 8, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders continue to get a lack of love from the NHL.

Evgeni Nabokov now joins Matt Moulson and John Tavares on the Islanders snub list.

Moulson has never been named an NHL All-Star, despite having three 30-plus goal seasons.

John Tavares was not even considered in the top three for the Calder Trophy voting in the 2009-10 season. Tavares was also left off Neil Greenberg's "Top 25 players Under 25" list.

Recently, the NHL Network released a Fan Vote for the top goaltending performance in 2011-12. As you can see, this is for just any one performance during the season.

Now you look at the list and wonder how the heck Evgeni Nabokov's name is not there?

On February 7, Nabokov absolutely stymied the Philadelphia Flyers on the road. He stopped 45 shots in a 1-0 Islanders shootout win. He stopped an additional two shots in the shootout en route to the Isles shutout.

Of course, this is more trivial than anything else, but it's ugly to wonder how the NHL can be so naive as not to include Nabby's beautiful performance against the Flyers.

This is a pure snub. Nabokov made some great saves during the game under high-pressure the entire game. The Flyers totally dominated the Islanders for 65 minutes. Nabokov is the sole reason the Islanders even got a point that game.

At the very least, this is not too important. The important thing is that Nabby continues his stellar play and helps lead the Islanders to the playoffs next season.