Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for New York Islanders' Top Rookies

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Realistic 2013-14 Expectations for New York Islanders' Top Rookies
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Dropping both games of a split-squad scrimmage against the Calgary Flames isn't how the New York Islanders wanted to start the 2013 preseason, but their special teams came up huge against the New Jersey Devils in a gritty 5-3 win Thursday night.

Anders Lee, on an all-rookie line with Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome, scored on the power play to get the Islanders off to a good start, and they never looked back. 

The Islanders have one of the more talented prospect pools in the league, and a lot of the team's rookies are very close to being NHL ready. 

Players like Lee, Nelson and Strome should all see ice time in some capacity, but what kind of expectations are realistic?

Here, we'll take a look at five rookies that are all likely to play with the Isles this season, whether it be for the entire season or a handful of games, and speculate the type of point production each will contribute, as well as the role each will take on.

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