Changes Coming on Long Island for the NHL's New York Islanders?

Stefan KubusAnalyst INovember 23, 2011

BRIDGEPORT, CT - OCTOBER 01:  New York Islander coach Jack Capuano handles bench duties in the game against the Boston Bruins at the Webster Bank Arena on October 1, 2011 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 3-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are currently sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference and 29th overall in the NHL

They also have the lowest amount of goals scored in the league, with only 35 through 18 games. That's less than two per game on average, which is absolutely unacceptable when trying to win hockey games. On that same note, the Isles are also holding the worst goal differential, with 26 more goals allowed than scored.

The team surely has some young talent that fans should be excited about in the coming years, such as Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan. But as of right now, these guys can't be expected to carry the load, nor are they being expected to. 

With the team underperforming, head coach Jack Capuano could be the first to go of anyone.

According to a New York Times hockey columnist, Isles GM Garth Snow has "full authority" to make whatever changes he needs to make in order to save the season.

Snow told Newsday that he wasn't going to be firing Capuano.

With that being said, Snow also said that last season about former head coach Scott Gordon, yet he was fired just three games later. Capuano is certainly on the hot seat.

The Hockey News wisely suggests that struggling wingers Blake Comeau and Kyle Okposo could be on the move. Both were healthy scratches recently. The 25-year-old Comeau seemed ready for a breakout year after seeing his production increase over the last three seasons. Last season, he set career highs across the board, with 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points in 77 games. Through 15 games this season, Comeau is a minus-11 with zero points, shockingly.

Okposo also seemed poised for a big year, after having success in previous seasons. However, Okposo missed the first 44 games last year due to injury. Upon coming back, he scored 20 points in 38 games. This season is just bringing struggles to him, as well. Through 15 games, Okposo is a minus-seven with a mere three assists.

Look for Isles GM Garth Snow to make some moves in the very near future to help shake up the abysmal team in some way.