2011-2012 New York Islanders: What They Need to Do to Be Playoff Contenders

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2011-2012 New York Islanders: What They Need to Do to Be Playoff Contenders

The New York Islanders are beginning to show signs that they have come around—they're showing that they have what it takes to be contenders once again. One reason is that they have locked in some young players who are the key to their future.

With young players like John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Travis Hamonic and the soon-to-be-seen Nino Niederreiter, the team is showing they have the talent to contend.

They have also added veteran leadership, which will add tremendously to the young players' abilities.

With an extremely positive offensive and defensive growth for the Islanders, all that's left is to sort out their goaltending woes and Long Island will once again be on the map.

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