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Ryan Strome Awarded AHL Rookie Of The Month & AHL Player Of The Week

The New York Islanders 1st round pick and 5th overall in 2011 has been given the honor of being named the AHL rookie of the month for November and player of the week going into December.

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Can Bridgeport Be Used To Help Isles In More Ways Than One?

Ryan Strome has been developing with the New York Islanders organization for the past two years, playing with their AHL farm-team affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Photo Credit: mandelux12/Flickr).

In 10 games with the Sound Tigers in 2013, Strome scored seven points in 10 games (two goals and five assists). He has continued the high scoring pace this season as well, notching 14 points in nine games played (three goals and 11 assists) as the team's top scorer.

He also was cited as the best player in the Islander rookie camp before the puck dropped for this season as well.

Getting Defensive: The Isles Have Some Holes To Fill

...But this trade signifies that GM Garth Snow is ready to strike a deal that can be made in order to benefit his team. He's no longer building for the future. He's looking to win right now (Photo credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).

And he should be. The rebuild has been over for at least a year now. The Islanders made the playoffs last year and played a series against a much better Pittsburgh Penguins team that could have gone either way had there been better goaltending.

The expectations deserve to be raised, and Snow has to make moves for the present. But at what cost?

Laughton's Demotion Will Serve Him Well

Yesterday, center Scott Laughton returned to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL for the second consecutive year. However, last year's stay lasted a full five games, and this time around, zero.

19-year-old Laughton failed to crack the lineup in favor of forwards Adam Hall and Jay Rosehill against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. If he could not beat Rosehill or Hall in the lineup, why keep him around?

Isles Announce 23-Man Roster

The New York Islanders have officially decided on the roster for the 2013-2014 season. There are a few notable cuts, while a few recent draft picks have been given a chance to prove they deserve to remain in the big leagues.

It appears that Brock Nelson has edged out Ryan Strome, for now. Griffin Reinhart has been been granted a chance, likely due to the recent injury sustained by Travis Hamonic.

As many expected, Kevin Poulin has been awarded the back-up position behind Evgeni Nabokov, making Anders Nilsson the current starting goaltender for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Flyers Re-Sign RFA Defenseman Brandon Manning

According to Flyers Insider Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed 23-year-old defenseman Brandon Manning to a one year, two-way contract. Financial terms were not immediately available.

Will Ryan Strome or Brock Nelson Make The Isles Cut?

There will be plenty of tough decisions to be made for New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano when training camp starts in September, especially when it comes to deciding which young forward will have a chance to be on the opening night roster.

Both Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson have earned the deserved opportunity to get a long look before being sent back down to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; the only question is which one will stay.

The Isles' New Top Line Winger

The New York Islanders once again will be looking for a new winger on the top line to play with John Tavares and Matt Moulson. It has been a continuous up and down process that has seen several players come and go, and new faces will be looking to fill that void once again as the 2013-2014 season approaches (bridgetds/Flickr).

Moulson and Tavares found chemistry from the very beginning, as they were long-time friends prior to joining the Islanders line-up. But finding a third member to join their two-man wolf pack hasn't been an easy solution.

Snow Storms: Evaluating The GM's Moves For The Islanders

The Islanders were very busy at the start of an off-season that forecasted a flurry of movement from GM Garth Snow. On the agenda was signing a number-one goaltender and top-six forward, both of which took place on July 5th. A few other moves were made to help keep the core intact for many years to come, as well as removing another bad apple from the organization (Photo Credit: Official New York Islanders/Flickr).

After signing forward Peter Regin to what is seemingly a depth signing, the Isles quickly looked to fill the void left in the crease.

The Isles were reportedly interested in goaltender Ray Emery, who ended up signing a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. This forced Snow to return to his original choice for the crease and sign Evgeni Nabokov to another one-year deal at $3.25 million.