The playoffs might be further out of sight, and the reality that the Islanders aren't a playoff team has become more and more apparent with every weakening loss, but this is not the time to "fail for Nail."
Nail Yakupov is considered to be the obvious choice for the number one overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year old Russian sniper scored 101 points (49 goals, 52 assists) in 65 games played for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. He currently has 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points for Sarnia and is a +14. The Islanders, like every other team in the NHL, could certainly benefit from having another scoring winger added to their line-up.
So why do I say that the Islanders shouldn't look to drop in the Eastern Conference standings?
In the 2009 entry draft, the Nashville Predators selected Ryan Ellis eleventh overall to become the fifth defenseman drafted by the Preds in the first round.At the time, many scouts were saying that if he had been two inches taller, Ellis would have been a top five pick that year, as his skill was unquestionable. The real question was, however, was whether he could transition his game to the NHL-level .
Ellis has been one of the most notable Predators draft picks due in large part to his performances on the world stage at the WJC, winning gold once in 2009 and two silvers in 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he was Canada's 8th defenseman, because of his tremendous skills on the...
The New York Islanders hosted their second prospect scrimmage at the Nassau Coliseum, a game featuring their top young talent in game action in the middle of the summer. Two 25-minute periods were played between the Blue and White teams that were followed by a series of drills in the skills competition. Such drills included the breakaway challenge, hardest shot, rapid fire and a game in which players had to come in on the goalie to attempt to score, and if they failed, they had to retrieve the puck and race back to the blue line. Both sides went simultaneously for that one, and it was the last event of the scrimmage to cap a highlight reel type of night.