New York Islanders: Working Towards Respectability

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IAugust 13, 2008

The New York Islanders made the playoffs back in 2006-2007 by one shootout, one goal, and one point over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then, in 2007-2008 they missed the eighth and final seed that would score them a spot in the playoffs by 15 points, finishing 13th.

They were also 29th in the league in goals (194) last season, just one goal ahead of the 30th team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.

However, even though the Isles probably won't make the playoffs in the upcoming season, they are close. The team lost Miroslav Satan and Ruslan Fedetenko, but gained some good players to fill in the gap that both players left behind. Mark Streit, and Doug Weight are two free agents that Garth Snow managed to sign.

New York will most likely get Kyle Okposo to play a full season, along with Blake Comeau. Prospect Joey McDonald will most likely back up Rick DiPietro after departing to play in Russia.


A New Coach in Town

The Islanders' most recent move was hiring new coach Scott Gordon. Not only is Gordon new to New York, but he is also fresh to the NHL. Last season, he coached in the NHL's farm league (AHL) with the Providence Bruins. During his time in the NHL last season, Gordon compiled a 55-18-3 record.

It will be great to see how Gordon performs, especially after never making an appearance in the NHL before.

During his time at the helm of the Islanders, Garth Snow has experienced bad times. Overall though, I would give him a B+ based on his performance.

Perhaps, the Islanders can make the playoffs this season.