Dominik over at Lighthouse Hockey (SBN's NYI site) critiques our draft kit predictions for the Islanders... we couldn't have said it better ourselves, Thanks Dom, cheque is in the mail.
Still with the Islanders... a few weeks old but I'm still catching up on some articles, Jonathan Willis writes what we're thinking about Michael Grabner, that he could have a hard time replicating last seasons 30 goals. But a regression at ES could be offset by an increase in PP production.
Dan Bylsma spills the beans to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as here is how he sees his lines shaking out:
Ideally, Bylsma projects his top three forward lines this way: Kunitz-Crosby-Neal, Sullivan-Malkin-Kennedy and Cooke-Staal-Dupuis, although Kennedy and Dupuis could swaps spots on times.
Other notes were that Mark Letestu and Dustin Jeffrey will be in the mix for the #4C spot and Eric Tangradi is on the bubble to make the team. Coach also said that he likes the idea of using Steve Sullivan on the point of the top PP unit. For that to be as awesome as it sounds for Sullivan owners, he'll have to stay healthy.
Stephane Da Costa made a splash for the Sens yesterday with a hat-trick and Mika Zibanejad had 1+2=3 in rookie tournament action. Sens Assistant GM Tim Murray made an interesting statement regarding those two guys afterwards (via Ottawa Citizen):
So you on Team Stephane or Team Mika?
Anton Lander with a pair of goals & Ryan Nugent-Hopkins with an assist as the Oilers kicked off their rookie tournament schedule with a win [boxscore]. I'm not in the camp that Lander has a lot of offensive upside but I think he'll be a damn good 3rd liner.