Sunday, October 22, 2006
No Basement Dwellars Here
Forget about what happened with the upper management decisions over the summer and start looking at the product the Islanders have on the ice. The additions of Sillinger and Poti are already starting to pay dividens as Sillinger has made Yashin and Blake better players on the first line and on the powerplay, which currently ranks 5th in the conference. Yashin has 11 points in 8 games. When was the last time that happened? Tom Poti, who had 3 goals and 26 points last year, already has 2 goals and 6 points in 8 games while quaterbacking the powerplay. Hunter, Bates, and a few others haven't been able to score because they are getting tired of playing on the penalty kill all the time. The Islanders are ranked 13th in the conference for penalty killers, but with the additions of Campoli and Bouchard coming back from injuries, that will make the defense improve, and there will be more discipline on the ice. So for those who want to see a basement dwellar, don't say the Islanders, because they're only going to get better. I hear Philadelphia is a nice place.