Travis Hamonic. One of the new batch of rising fantasy stars on the Island.
Today we're lucky enough to have Dominik Jánský from Lighthouse Hockey in to answer some fantasy questions on the Islanders. The Islanders aren't the fantasy wasteland they were a few years ago so Dominik's expert opinion is one to pay attention to.
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BY DOMINIK JANSKY from LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY
Q1) Islanders Breakout of the Year?
Many expect the top two lines to remain the way they finished out last season's hot second half. If that's the case -- and if he counts -- Kyle Okposo should be in for a big rebound from last year's injury-shortened season. His line with Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner (F'nGO we called them) were dangerous enough that opponents may have to worry about someone besides John Tavares.
Q2) Darkhorse Breakout on the Islanders?
I suppose close observers know who Travis Hamonic is now, but he's quickly proven an all-around player who can put up points. One obstacle may be the return of Mark Streit and the addition of Brian Rolston, which means there are two powerplay point spots manned by players who weren't around last season.
Q3) League-Wide Breakout of the Year?
Seems like this is the year T.J. Oshie goes from exciting player to exciting player who can also stay healthy and put up 60 points.
Q4) Player likely to Breakdown on the Islanders?
Radek Martinek is gone now -- and after playing in a relatively healthy 64 games! -- so the Martinek Memorial Award must go to Milan Jurcina, who rarely has trouble finding the injury bug.
Q6) How do you see the Islanders Goalie Situation playing out this year?
Goalie by committee! Hopefully they don't need to use six goalies again. Hopefully they don't need to bet on Rick DiPietro being healthy and in form. Hopefully Al Montoya continues his emergence after resurrection late last year. Hopefully if we see young Kevin Poulin it's because he's lights out again and not because everyone else has gotten hurt. Hopefully Evgeni Nabokov shows up and does enough to be trade bait. Hopefully I don't have to mention four-plus different goalies next year at this time.
Q7) P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson topped 50 points last year but with players like Nino Niederreiter and Ryan Strome coming is their hold on scoring line jobs a short-term thing?
Parenteau is the one signed to just another one-year deal, so his hold is the most tenuous. That said, he's a better player than people give him credit for -- neither he nor Moulson are wholly creations of John Tavares. (If anything, all three are beneficiaries of the ample ice time and offensive zone draws they receive.) Signed for three more years, longtime Tavares buddy Moulson's hold is more secure. But both will eventually be pressured from below by Nino, Strome, and a host of other promising prospects who will one day fill out the other six wing openings for entry level salaries.
Unless Nino blows people away at age 19 (unlikely), I'd expect Parenteau's scoring role to continue for at least most of this season.
Great work from Dominik. Anybody who is a friend of Oshie is a friend of ours. If you have any other Islanders related questions hit us up with a comment and we (or hopefully Dominik) will be around to answer them.