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Evan Pivnick's picture

I'm caught between Travis Hamonic and Matt Martin.

Mike Flannery's picture

I would go with Matt Martin. Up top in the NHL with hits w/o a Shanny fanny whooping
video (yet), and contributing quality mins.

Rob McGowan's picture

Martin certainly has really had an impressive year, establishing himself as an NHL'er. A lot of people wondered if he was a definite to make the line-up out of camp with young guys pressing. I think it's safe to say he's not going anywhere.

I think I will have to say Parenteau. His numbers are excellent, on pace for an even better year than last year. He's versatile, can play on any line and has become a real team player.

Erol Bal's picture

Im happy for PAP, I always felt he got no love but came to work each day and did his job.

peconicgp's picture

To me it is PAP or Hamonic both players building on their performance from last year. PAP is putting up the points and Hamonic has been playing some strong smart D.

John Link's picture

Martin, PA and Hamonic have all been great this season so I don't think you can really pick one from the other on who has been more impressive.

I know he is currently injured but what about Montoya? The guy was bought in for nothing and has become a #1 goalie for us and was playing some great hockey before he got hurt.

Mike Flannery's picture

If you can lead the NHL in hits and not get a call from Shanny you have learned your lesson well grasshopper. Vote to Martin.

Rob McGowan's picture
Brian Bock's picture

No need to trade away draft picks or prospects for another old veteran to "show the young kids the way." The Isles have plenty of leaders in their locker room and believe in each other. But these injuries do present an opportunity for Garth Snow to make an impact move for a high quality player to show that he believes in this team too. An under-performing team looking for a shake up - like Tampa Bay, Washington, or L.A - could be good potential trading partners.

Rob McGowan's picture

I started to feel last year that the #Isles play better when they are relying more so on the kids than they do veterans. But if the team is within playoff contention by the end of February, I would hope they add some veteran assistance that can actually pot a few goals and help them get to the post-season...but time will tell still if they will be sellers or buyers at the deadline

Rob McGowan's picture
Rob McGowan's picture

If they get a decent trade that can bring in a top six guy or a top four defender, make it as soon as possible. Ride Montoya for as long as possible and upgrade in other places where the team needs help the most

Brian Bock's picture

I just don't see any team giving up a roster player for Nabokov at this point, unless it's a bottom pairing defenseman. Wait til the deadline, and take whatever you get. The Islanders have had success the past few years in the draft, so I'm hoping for a second round pick, but thinking it will more likely be a third rounder.

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Brian Bock's picture

Despite a stretch of losing that felt eerily familiar to last season, the Islanders have found a way to stop the skid and respond with a winning streak. May not all be Streit's influence, but last season when the losing was happening, Doug Weight was rehabbing an injury. They're 6 points out with 2 games in hand on most teams. I like it so far.

Rob McGowan's picture

I think I would still one day like to see someone like Tavares step up and earn the C, but while Streit is here, I am completely comfortable with him doing it. All the guys in that locker room respect him and he gives 110 % every night; definitely someone the kids can look up too.

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George Prax's picture

About 5 years too late for that.

Rob McGowan's picture

It's bad, but Rick probably would have cost the Islanders the game last night had he not pulled his groin. Up 3-0 and he lets up 3 goals in about a five-six minute time frame, letting up four total. Matt Moulson scored four goals alone. Montoya came in and preserved the win. It's a shame, but DP does more harm than good.

Phil T's picture

Was that a rhetorical question?