The Play of Kevin Poulin is Important to Islanders Season

The Islanders started the season on a high note with points in their first 3 games as they head on their first road trip of the season. The trip is short but an important early season back to back starting in Chicago on Friday night against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and then Saturday night in Nashville against the Predators.

Unlike last weekend, there is a possibility that Evgeni Nabokov will not start in goal on both games of the short trip and Kevin Poulin may make his first start of the season. As of now nothing has been confirmed by Coach Jack Capuano. Last season the Islanders rode through Nabokov and Poulin saw limited playing time but in a normal 82 game season expect more of Poulin especially after the Olympic break.

Kevin Poulin is a very important piece this season if the Islanders want to build on last season’s playoff appearance. He will be called upon a lot to give Evgeni Nabokov rest and could give himself a chance to make a case that he might be the goaltender of the future for this franchise. Last season Poulin split between Bridgeport and the Islanders and at the NHL level he played in 5 games and went 1-3 with a 3.02 goals against average. He has 21 career NHL starts with a career record of 7-9-1 and 2.79 goals against average. The sample size is small but this can be the year where Poulin makes the case to the front office and coaching staff that he can be the guy going forward in goal. (Photo Credit- lovexanastasia/Flickr)

Islanders fans should expect to see Poulin a lot between the pipes and get a good evaluation of him this season. With a full 82 game season and an expected increase in playing time this season there is plenty of opportunity for him to make his case as the goaltender of the future.

-John Santamaria

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