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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 30 Isles 3, Washington 1 Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals in the first 1:34 of the 2nd ...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Re: Which way will they go?

22 days later, not much has changed...other than the deadline has passed.

11    Vancouver Canucks       63    32   22   9   73
12          Boston Bruins       62    33   23   6   72
13    New York Rangers       64    32   24   8   72
14    Colorado Avalanche       65    33   26   6   72
15    Nashville Predators       65    32   25   8   72
16            Buffalo Sabres       64    31   24   9   71
17    Carolina Hurricanes       66    33   28   5   71
18    Philadelphia Flyers       63    31   25   7   69
19    Phoenix Coyotes       64    32   27   5   69
20    New York Islanders       64    30   27   7   67
21  Columbus Blue Jackets       65    29   27   9   67
22    Chicago Blackhawks       63    30   27   6   66
23    St Louis Blues            63    28   25   10   66
24    Washington Capitals       64    29   27   8   66
25    Toronto Maple Leafs       65    28   28   9   65
26    Florida Panthers       66    28   30   8   64
27    Edmonton Oilers       64    29   30   5   63
28    Atlanta Thrashers       64    29   31   4   62
29    Tampa Bay Lightning       63    25   31   7   57
30    Los Angeles Kings       64    26   34   4   56

6 more points would have meant a tie for 10th....6 fewer points would mean 28th.

The Isles would own the 11th pick today -- they've had that pick only once -- Pat Ptrice in 1975.


 Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.


----- Original Message ----
From: Eric Hornick <forever1940@yahoo.com>
To: islanderfans@yahoogroups.com; IslesList <isles-list@replayer.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2008 10:05:24 AM
Subject: Which way will they go?

"You're either rebuilding for something special, or you're on the verge of something special. To be in between is foolish."
--Billy Beane

The Islanders are clearly not on the second group.  Will they make sure that they place themselves in the first?

16 Boston Bruins              53 27 21 5 59
17 Vancouver Canucks      54 26 21 7 59
18 Columbus Blue Jackets 55 25 23 7 57
19 Carolina Hurricanes      56 26 26 4 56
20 Atlanta Thrashers          56 26 26 4 56
21 Buffalo Sabres              52 24 21 7 55
22 St Louis Blues              52 24 21 7 55
23 Washington Capitals      54 25 24 5 55
24 Florida Panthers            55 25 25 5 55
25 New York Islanders        54 24 24 6 54
26 Edmonton Oilers            55 24 26 5 53
27 Chicago Blackhawks      52 23 24 5 51
28 Toronto Maple Leafs      55 21 25 9 51
29 Tampa Bay Lightning      54 22 27 5 49
30 Los Angeles Kings        55 22 30 3 47

Following last night's loss to Anaheim, the Isles are five points behind the eighth place Bruins, and only five points ahead of the 29th place (in the League) Lightning.

With a good run, the Isles could still find themselves in the playoff race, and even in a playoff position.  But is that the best things for the long term health of the franchise?

Probably not.

If the season ended today, the Isles would own the 6th pick in this year's draft.    They've had the sixth pick twice in their history -- Brad Dalgarno was the 6th overall pick in 1985 (the pick was acquired in a trade with Minnesota for Rollie Melanson) but the most famous 6th overall pick was in 1990.

In 1990, the Isles squeezed into the playoffs on the last day of the season (much like 2007, they needed all sorts of things to go right in the season's final days).  When Uwe Krupp scored in overtime for Buffalo (no loser points in those days) to beat the Penguins, it knocked Pittsburgh out of the playoffs, and the Islanders in.  The Isles would lose in 5 games to the Rangers.

The Penguins grabbed Jaromir Jagr with the 5th pick in that summer's draft (following Owen Nolan, Petr Nedved, Keith Primeau and Mike Ricci).  The Isles picked sixth, and Scott Scissons played two NHL games in his career.


Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick. Eric has worked the Stanley Cup Finals four times, and celebrated his 26th anniversary as the statistician on Islander home telecasts on January 21, 2008.

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