The Islanders are having themselves a season like no other in recent memory. They sit atop the division with a 3 point cushion. They are within a point of the Conference lead and don't look to be slowing down at all. With all of this coming together at the right time, their trade deadline mentality could be completely different than what we're used to.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers earned their first win of the season Sunday afternoon beating the Saint Johns Ice Caps 6-3 at The Webster Bank Arena. The win ended an eight game winless streak against last seasons Calder Cup finalists.
The next day, the Isles acquired Sebastian Collberg from Montreal in the much debated Thomas Vanek trade. A lot of Isles fans are down on Collberg, a bi-product of being included in the deal, but Collberg is an interesting prospect.
Collberg, who currently plays for Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League, is a high risk high reward prospect. Hockey’s Future has him rated with the same grade as high end Isles prospect Ryan Strome. While Collberg might have Strome’s upside, he might flounder as well.
As announced yesterday, Thomas Vanek was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect forward Sebastian Collberg. A conditional second round pick will be sent to the New York Islanders in addition to Collberg if the Habs make the playoffs, with a conditional fifth round pick then being sent to the Canadiens. However, if Montreal fails to make the playoffs, the trade stands as just a single player swap (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).
When you use the third overall pick -- an extremely rare occurrence for the Montreal Canadiens -- on a player who's already blown out his knee and missed an entire season of hockey before even reaching adult age, the conversation can only go one of two directions. Either people will be elated that a player is so talented he can overcome a major injury to be included in the top three players of his draft year, or that player will be considered a major risk for the team that ends up drafting him. When it comes to Alex Galchenyuk, that conversation seems to be leaning towards the former. Despite missing almost all ...