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Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) doesn't look like he'll play Tuesday versus the Maple Leafs, Daniel Friedman of WFAN reports.
Impact: The Islanders suggested after Monday's practice that Visnovsky would be activated from injured reserve Tuesday to make his season debut, but with the defenseman not taking part in the pregame skate, it appears his return to the ice will be pushed back. He'll set his sights on rejoining the lineup Thursday in Boston.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will play versus the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Hamonic had to leave practice early Monday, but all systems are go for Tuesday, as he is on the ice for pregame warmups.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (concussion) went through a light skate Tuesday morning, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Head coach Jack Capuano was encouraged by Grabovski's participation, calling it a positive sign in his recovery. Grabovski remains day-to-day for now, but with him back on the ice, a return should not be far off, so long as his concussion symptoms do not worsen.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Impact: Hamonic was injured during Monday's practice, but he has a chance to play against Toronto after taking part in Tuesday's morning skate. Expect a decision on his playing status to be made during pregame warmups.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Halak will look to get back in the win column after having a three-game winning streak snapped his last time out. He will face a Toronto squad that tallied just one goal in two games against the Red Wings over the weekend.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamonic left practice early Monday with an undisclosed injury, Newsday reports.
Impact: Hamonic was said to be in "obvious discomfort." He last played Saturday versus Pittsburgh, a game in which he was handed a game misconduct after instigating a fight. With Lubomir Visnovsky due to come off the IR before the game Tuesday, the Isles may end up playing it safe with Hamonic and holding him out a game or two.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: The veteran blueliner has yet to suit up this season, but sounds like a safe bet to make his season debut Tuesday. He finished 2013-14 with three goals and eight assists in 24 games, and has been battling through injuries quite often over the last few years.
Sun. Oct 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak stopped 35 shots on Saturday night.
Impact: Halak suffered his first loss and will try to bounce back Tuesday against the Leafs.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hickey scored the Islanders' lone goal in the loss to the Penguins.
Impact: The additions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy to the Islanders' blue line haven't resulted in a diminished role for Hickey, who is actually averaging a full minute (19:54) more than last season (18:52) through the club's first five games. Unfortunately, he's unlikely to parlay the added playing time into any meaningful fantasy production, given his lack of offensive aptitude. He's attempted just seven shots in five games.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson's assist in Saturday's loss to the Penguins gives him eight points, including four goals, in the first five games of the season. He's picked up at least one point in four of those five games.
Impact: This guy has talent and he's really starting to show it this season. He certainly won't keep up this pace, but he should deliver you solid fantasy value this year. After all, he's getting time on the team's first power-play unit, and that's a recipe for output.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak made 35 saves in a 3-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night. He allowed two goals, both of which came on the power play.
Impact: He was so good he earned the game's third star. The Isles are becoming a force this season and Halak is one of the reasons why. He's a solid fantasy roll.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms Friday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: This would explain the Islanders' rationale for ruling Grabovski "out indefinitely" after their practice Friday. The forward will be reevaluated early next week, with the hope that he'll be able to return to the ice before long.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be in the net Saturday against the Penguins, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Halak has ridden a hot Islanders offense to three wins in his first three starts, despite his rather mediocre ratios (2.92 GAA, .900 save percentage). He's expected to match up against the Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabovski is out with an upper-body injury.
Impact: There's no time table for his return, so consider Grabovski day-to-day.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey has been moved up to the second line, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Bailey will take the place of the injured Mikhail Grabovski. Grabovski is not expected to be out long so this could just be a short-term move, but for at least this weekend Bailey will line up on wing with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (undisclosed) won't travel with the Islanders to Pittsburgh for Saturday's game and has been ruled out indefinitely, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though the Islanders haven't offered much clarity on the exact nature of his injury, it's possible that Grabovski is experiencing concussion-like symptoms as a result of the hit he took from the Sharks' John Scott on Tuesday. The Islanders will reassess Grabovski's condition when they return to Long Island after the weekend, but if the forward ends up missing subsequent games, a move to IR will likely be considered.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Halak made 20 saves in Thursday's 4-3 shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Halak has yet to lose, going 3-0-0 with a 2.92 ERA in the early going.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares picked up two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout Thursday against the Sharks.
Impact: That's why he's the star. Tavares has delivered multi-point efforts in all four games to stat the year, giving him an amazing nine points in the early going. As long as he avoids injury, he's in for a huge season -- perhaps his best yet.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo delivered two more points Thursday, scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist to push his season-opening point streak to four games.
Impact: He's got seven points -- four on the power play -- in his four games so far this year. Keep riding the wave with the red-hot Okposo, as he and John Tavares work great together.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leddy scored a goal and added an assist Thursday in a shootout win over San Jose.
Impact: Two days after scoring his first goal with the Isles, Leddy came right back with his second. He should continue seeing plenty of offensive opportunities, so Leddy has a legitimate chance to exceed his career high of 37 points as long as he holds his top-pairing position.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak gave up three goals on 23 shots Thursday, but ended up beating the Sharks in the shootout.
Impact: The power of three: Halak's 3-0 despite having allowed three goals in all three of his starts. He'll need to improve his ratios, but the Islanders' offense has been explosive in the early going, which is huge in terms of Halak's win potential.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski (upper body) will not return to Thursday night's game, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: Grabovski was caught with his head down and was run over by the Sharks' John Scott. The head looked to be a legal one, so no supplemental discipline should be forthcoming.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) practiced with the team for the first time in nearly two weeks Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky also stated that his back is fully healed and it's just a matter of getting into playing condition before he returns to game action. Assuming he doesn't suffer any setbacks, Visnovsky should play for the Islanders at some point early next week.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski left the ice after taking a hard hit from the Sharks' John Scott in Thursday's game, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Grabovski looked as though he may have sustained a concussion from the hit, as he appeared to be out cold on the ice before he was helped off by a trainer. The Islanders will run tests on him before a proper diagnosis of his condition is provided.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: With Calvin de Haan recovered from the upper-body injury that resulted in his placement on injured reserve to begin the season, Reinhart will forfeit his job on the Islanders' third pairing. The former fourth overall draft choice was held without a point and turned in a minus-1 rating in his three games with the Islanders.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) was activated from injured reserve Thursday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Though he suited up regularly next to Travis Hamonic last season, it appears de Haan will return to the lineup on the Islanders' third pairing with Brian Strait. The additions of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk late in training camp may prevent de Haan from topping 20 minutes of ice time most nights or enjoying a regular spot on the power play, much to the detriment of his offensive production. Griffin Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport to make room for de Haan on the 23-man roster.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Halak has given up three goals in both his starts so far, but still sports a 2-0-0 record thanks to the Islanders lighting the lamp 11 times in those two games. He may need some assistance from his offense again Thursday, as he'll be facing a San Jose team that has scored 12 times through three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart could be sent down to the AHL as soon as Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: Reinhart is still getting used to playing at the NHL level and has been caught flat-footed by the speed of opposing teams more than once. With Calvin de Haan just about ready to return to the New York lineup, Reinhart could be the odd man out.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) has yet to return to practice, Newsday reports.
Impact: Visnovsky has skated on his own for the last three days, but his back still isn't ready for contact. He was a sleeper pick for fantasy owners early in the draft season based on his previous track record of production, but given his inability to stay healthy for any length of time, as well as recent additions to the Islanders' blue line, Visnovsky may not quite be the asset he once was.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) could return to the Islanders' lineup Thursday, Newsday reports.
Impact: De Haan has been out since the middle of training camp due to the injury, but has practiced for consecutive days and should either return Thursday versus San Jose or Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabovski scored a goal and registered an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Grabovski has scored on two of his six shots this season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares had a goal and an assist for the second straight contest Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: Tavares is off to an impressive start with two goals and five assists in three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Okposo scored his first goal and assisted on another in Tuesday's win over the rival Rangers.
Impact: Okposo has four assists through his first three games after finishing with a career-high 42 last season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson scored the game-winning goal in the Islanders' 6-2 win over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Impact: Nelson has come out of the gate scorching hot to begin the season, already compiling four goals and three assists in three games. The 23-year-old's production figures to trickle off eventually, but since he'll continue to maintain a spot in the team's top-six forwards as well as the top power-play unit, the dropoff may not be extreme. It's probably worthwhile to own Nelson in just about any format, at least until he cools.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leddy capped off the Islanders' scoring Tuesday with his first goal of the season in a 6-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Leddy hasn't shined to the extent that fellow late-training camp blue line acquisition Johnny Boychuk (six points in three games) has, but he's still represented an upgrade to the team's defensive unit since coming over from Chicago. He's already averaging nearly two minutes more ice time per game than he enjoyed with the Blackhawks, which should ultimately prove helpful toward his counting totals. Furthermore, if the Islanders' 3-0-0 start doesn't prove to be too much of a mirage, Leddy may become an unexpected asset in the plus/minus category as well.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk contributed a power-play goal in Tuesday's 6-2 demolition of the Rangers.
Impact: With six points (two goals, four assists) in just three games, Boychuk is already one-fourth of the way to his point total from all of last season. Boychuk's hot run of production almost certainly won't last, but with the blueliner likely to receive the most ice time of his career at both even strength and on the power play this season, he'll be in prime position to set personal bests in nearly every category.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo notched a goal and an assist Tuesday against the Rangers, pushing his season-opening scoring streak to three games and five points.
Impact: Okposo's been all over the ice in the early going. Coming off a 69-point season, he's showing there's no reason to think he can't do it again.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Strome dished out two assists in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
Impact: That's four helpers in three games for Strome, who's clicking well on the second line with Mikhail Grabovski and Brock Nelson. He's got elite playmaking skills, as evidenced by the 36 assists he dished out in 37 games for AHL Bridgeport last season. However, we'd like to see Strome put some more shots on goal (he's got just seven so far) to add some balance to his point total.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabovski grabbed a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. He went plus-1 on the evening.
Impact: Grabo's off to a strong start with the Isles, but his health is always going to be a concern. As long as he's on the ice, though, his second-line trio with Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson is shaping up to be a strong one for the Isles.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares scored a goal and handed out an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Tavares has opened the season with three consecutive multi-point games, piling up two goals and five assists. It's no coincidence that the Isles are 3-0 on the year.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak was assaulted with 43 shots by the Rangers on Tuesday, but put a stop to 40 of them en route to a 6-3 victory.
Impact: Halak was most strenuously tested in the second period, when the Rangers fired 21 shots on goal, but broke through just one time, leaving the game tied 2-2 at the second intermission. The Isles would go on to score four goals in the first 11 minutes of the third period, allowing Halak to largely coast to his second win of the year.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be the starting goaltender for the Islanders in Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
Impact: Halak will be looking his second win on the year after picking up the victory in the Islanders' season opener. He played well against the Rangers as a member of the Blues last season, going 2-0-0 and stopping 60 of the 64 shots he faced over the two games.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) has not yet been cleared by doctors, but the Isles are hoping he'll be ready to go by Thursday, the New York Post reports.
Impact: The 23-year-old has opened the year on injured reserve, but should return to a major role on the Isles' blue line when he's ready to go. For his part, de Haan told the Post he feels like he's ready to play.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Johnson stopped 21 shots to earn his first win Saturday with the Islanders.
Impact: Johnson previously was in the crease for the Rangers, Bruins and 'Yotes.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Tavares has five points as he is sizzling hot.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Nelson had one goal and one assist Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Nelson had 26 points a season ago.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Boychuk had two assists Saturday for the Isles.
Impact: Boychuk has five points as he is tearing things up for the Brooklyn-bound franchise.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Okposo had two assists Saturday.
Impact: Okposo has three points but no goals so far.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson made 21 saves in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: Johnson wasn't especially impressive in giving up three goals, but he narrowly outplayed opposing netminder Anton Khudobin to claim his first win as an Islander. He doesn't figure to see a ton of usage behind unquestioned No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak, but should represent a respectable option in the net when called upon.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bailey was one of four Islanders to score a goal in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: The Islanders appear to have settled on Cory Conacher as their left wing on the John Tavares line, but working alongside Frans Nielsen and Nikolay Kulemin on the third line isn't a terrible gig for Bailey. Even so, the Islanders' offseason upgrades to their forward ranks may make it difficult to Bailey to surpass last season's production (eight goals, 30 assists in 77 games).
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Okposo assisted on a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It hasn't taken long for Okposo to reestablish rapport with John Tavares on the top line, as the winger now has three points through the team's two games. He's still on the lookout for his first goal of the season, but that should come quickly, especially as the second line -- centered by the red-hot Brock Nelson -- starts to attract more attention from opponents.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk chipped in with two assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: It was Boychuk's dependable play on defense that was expected to be the greatest contribution he brought to the Islanders, but he's instead made his mark with his puck-moving ability in the infant stages of the season. After averaging about one point every three games with the Bruins last year, Boychuk's already collected a goal and four assists in two games this year. While Boychuk should enjoy a larger offensive role on Long Island than in Boston, the odds of him finishing as a top-20 fantasy defenseman are still rather remote.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares was the game's first star on Saturday when he helped the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes. He scored a power-play goal, added an even-strength assist and even picked up a roughing minor.
Impact: The goal was his first of the season, but he has five points in his first two games. He just turned 24 and the best is yet to come, and that's saying something considering he scored at a point-per-game pace at age 21. You know what to do.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson's hot start to the season continued Saturday with a goal and assist in Saturday's 4-3 win over Carolina.
Impact: On fire doesn't sum up the start this guy has had. He has three goals and three assists in his first two games, and has moved from sleeper to studly. Check your wire -- a lot of owners slept on him at their draft. Scoop and smile.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Tavares notched three assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was an impressive season opener for Tavares, who appears to be in for another big year. He has 69 points over 60 games since the beginning of 2013-14.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Nelson had two goals and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: Nelson's four points were a career high. He could be in for a big year if his first game is any indication.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Boychuk had a goal and two assists in Friday's 5-3 win at Carolina.
Impact: It was a terrific Islanders debut for Boychuk, who is well on his way to surpassing his career-high 23 points set last year.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson will be in the net Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Impact: The game will mark Johnson's team debut, after he agreed with the Islanders on a two-year pact in the offseason. Johnson could see a slight bump in his workload this season while serving as the backup to Jaroslav Halak, who while steady, is no Tuukka Rask. That being said, because the Islanders' supporting cast doesn't compare nearly as favorably as the defense and forwards that Johnson had in front of him in Boston, expect his strong ratios from last season (2.10 GAA, .925 save percentage in 27 games) to take a steep hit in his first season on Long Island.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak turned away 21 of the 24 shots he faced in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Halak was solid in his Islanders' debut, shutting out Carolina for two periods before surrendering three goals in the final frame. Halak is the clear No.1 goalie in New York, and with the team's recent blue line acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy, Halak could be in for a very successful 2014-15 season.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nelson put on a clinic in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina, recording two goals and two assists.
Impact: What a show by Nelson, who also finished the night with three shots on goal, two hits, and a plus-2 rating. One of his goals came on the power play, where he was lined up alongside Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Nelson also looked great at even strength, centering Ryan Strome and Mikhail Grabovski. The 22-year-old is primed for a big season and will get plenty of opportunities to produce, especially if he remains in the top-six and on the top power-play unit.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Strome racked up a pair of assists in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Strome looked good on the second line Friday, finding chemistry with Mikhail Grabovski and rookie Brock Nelson, who had a game-high four points. Strome finished the night a plus-2, recording two shots on goal in 12:11 of ice time. While the 21-year-old center isn't a part of the Isles' top power-play unit, he is counted on as one of the key contributors to the second unit. Strome is destined to improve on the 18 points he recorded in his first NHL season in 2013-14. Twenty goals aren't out of the question, especially if this second line continues to mesh.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boychuk recorded a career-high three points -- two on the power play -- in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.
Impact: Talk about what a change of scenery can do for a player. Boychuk, who averaged 20 seconds of power-play time over his last three seasons with Boston, played a whopping 2:47 with the man advantage in his first game with New York. Not only did the former Bruin record a goal and two assists, he also finished the night with two PIM and two hits, while logging a team-high 23:11 of ice time. If he continues to skate on the top power-play unit alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, a 40-point season for Boychuk isn't out of the question.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tavares dished out three assists -- two on the power play -- in Friday's season-opening win over the Hurricanes.
Impact: A terrific start for Tavares, who appears fully healthy after missing 22 games last season with a knee injury. The Isles' recent blue line acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy will only help Tavares as the season progresses. If Tavares remains healthy, there is no reason he can't reach 80-plus points in 2014-15. What a way to kick off the season.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Halak will be between the pipes for Friday's season opener against the Hurricanes, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: After inking a four-year, $18 million contract with the Islanders in May, Halak will enter the season as an unquestioned starter for the first time in his career. Though Chad Johnson is a capable backup and could spell Halak on Saturday, when the Islanders and Hurricanes will match up in Long Island, it's apparent that the team intends to make Halak its workhorse. The goalie owns a 2.23 GAA and .930 save percentage over six career games against the Hurricanes, and should make for a reliable fantasy option Friday.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Grabner underwent sports hernia surgery Thursday and will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, Andy Strickland of 550 KTRS reports.
Impact: The report illustrates a more definitive recovery timetable for Grabner, who had been placed on injured reserve Monday without much fanfare. The winger proved to be a useful depth scorer for the Islanders last season, with 12 goals in 64 games, but the team probably has enough quality forwards on hand to replace his production.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: In three preseason games played, Halak went 0-1-1 while allowing seven goals on 58 shots.
Impact: The Slovakian-born goalie was traded to the Islanders from Washington in May, after he started the season in St. Louis. With a new four-year contract in tow, Halak will be New York's No. 1 goalie, though leaving one of the league's best defenses (St. Louis) could prove costly to his ratios. Since Halak will most likely be facing more shots on a nightly basis, expect his numbers to decline slightly from years past. That being said, he should be able to make up for it in volume, since he doesn't figure to be pushed by backup Chad Johnson for regular starts.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Visnovsky has been put on the injured list with a back injury.
Impact: He's 38 years old and may not be able to stay healthy at this stage of his career.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pulock was assigned to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: It appears the final spot on defense came down to Pulock and fellow young blue line prospect Griffin Reinhart, with the latter ending up emerging as the victor in the job battle. The 20-year-old Pulock possesses a booming shot and scored at nearly a point-per-game clip for his junior club last season. He'll likely spend the entire year acclimating himself to the pro game at Bridgeport, with an extended opportunity with the Islanders unlikely to develop until 2015-16.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Strome has made the Islanders' opening roster.
Impact: Though a natural center, Strome looks set to open the season at right wing due to the Islanders' overabundance of talent down the middle. He's expected to play on the second line with Brock Nelson and Mikhail Grabovski while also seeing time on the second power-play unit. The former No. 5 overall pick may be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee was assigned to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Impact: Lee was among the Islanders' last two cuts Saturday, ultimately losing out because he'll be able to return to the minors without first clearing waivers. With nine goals and five assists over 22 games with the Islanders last season, Lee would seem to offer some potential as a fantasy option if he ends up seeing regular ice time with New York later this season. Before that materializes, however, he'll likely need one or two of the team's many centers to succumb to an injury.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart has made the Islanders' opening night roster reports.
Impact: Though the Islanders added Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy to their blue line over the weekend, the placement of Matt Carkner, Calvin de Haan and Lubomir Visnovsky on injured reserve left a spot open for Reinhart on defense. Reinhart is expected to play primarily on the third pairing with Brian Strait while also seeing some time on the Isles' second power-play unit.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Carkner has been placed on injured reserve with an upper body injury.
Impact: Carkner racked up 149 penalty minutes last year, if that's a key category in your fantasy league. It's unknown when he'll be back.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Visnovsky (back) is expected to open the season on injured reserve, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.
Impact: The Islanders hoped that Visnovsky would be ready for the beginning of the season, but it turns out he needs more time to recover from his back injury. It remains to be seen when he will be ready to make his regular season debut.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: Grabner is on injured reserve after undergoing sports hernia surgery.
Impact: It's uncertain when Grabner will return. He had 12 goals and 26 points last season.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | STATS
News: De Haan has been placed on injured reserve due to an upper body injury.
Impact: He's been out of action since Sept. 23. He had three goals and 16 points all over last season.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reinhart is still with the Islanders, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: His stay may be short lived however. The Islanders have a ton on injuries to their defense right now. Matt Carkner and Calvin de Haan were placed on IR on Monday and Lubomir Visnovsky and Ryan Pulock are day to day with minor injuries. If Visnovsky or Pulock is ready to play Friday, then Reinhart is likely to be sent to Bridgeport of the AHL.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kulemin will likely open the season on the third forward line, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Impact: This comes as a bit of a surprise, as it was thought that when the Islanders signed Kulemin for over $4 million a season, it was to play with Mikhail Grabovski on the second line. Apparently not.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lee will likely begin the season in the AHL, Newsday reports.
Impact: Lee is caught in a numbers game with the Islanders. He's the only forward who can be sent down to the minors without being placed on waivers, so the team doesn't have to risk losing him to send him down.
Mon. Oct 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De Haan (upper body) was placed on IR on Monday, Newsday reports.
Impact: While the injury isn't expected to keep de Haan out of the lineup for more than a week or two, the Isles' defense has suddenly gotten much more crowded with the addition of Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk over the weekend. While de Haan should have a job waiting for him when healthy, he will have to show the team night in and night out that he deserves to be there.
Sat. Oct 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The Islanders acquired Boychuk from Boston on Saturday in exchange for 2015 and 2016 second-round draft picks and a conditional third-round pick.
Impact: The 30-year-old Boychuk is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He had five goals and 18 assists in 75 games last season. In 321 games in seven NHL seasons with Colorado and Boston, he has 19 goals and 56 assists.
Sat. Oct 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The Blackhawks acquired T.J. Brennan, Ville Pokka and the rights to Nilsson from the Islanders in exchange for Nick Leddy and Kent Simpson.
Impact: Nilsson was 8-7-2 in 17 starts for the Islanders in 2013-14, posting a 3.11 goals-against average.
Sat. Oct 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The New York Islanders have acquired Leddy in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks also sent goaltender Kent Simpson to New York on Saturday for defensemen T.J. Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to restricted free-agent goaltender Anders Nilsson. Brennan and Pokka were assigned to Rockford of the American Hockey League.
Impact: Leddy had seven goals and 24 assists in 82 games for Chicago last season. Leddy, who turns 24 in March, has played in 258 regular-season games and made 54 postseason appearances. He was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 draft and traded to Chicago in February 2010.