With the Islanders now statistically closer to the bottom of the table than a playoff spot, the team is beginning to look beyond this season. A convenient spate of injuries at an inconvenient time of the season has accelerated this process. In the last week the Islanders roster has seen the likes of Jeremy Colliton, Jeff Tambellini, and Frans Nielsen added to it. With the season slowly slipping away, we think it's about time. But let's also check in on a few others who haven't made the leap yet...
Kyle Okposo had a good weekend, totalling 2 goals and an assist to restore his point per game pace. Despite having new linemates, Kyle clearly didn't miss a beat (although the team dropped the Saturday contest 5-2 to Lowell). As of now Okposo is at 4-9-13 in 13 professional games. Might a post-trading deadline call to the Islanders be imminent? Stay tuned.
University of Denver product Rhett Rakhshani is sometimes overlooked, but shouldn't be. His Pioneer squad is 19-8-1 so far this season, and Rhett is 10-11-21 in 24 games. Now 7th, the team had been ranked as high as 3rd in the national polls. So we'll keep an eye on that situation too.
Lastly, Tomas Marcinko has been holding his own for the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. His 34 points in 33 games deserve attention and perhaps a move to Bridgeport. We'll see how it all shakes out after February 26th, when GM Garth Snow will hopefully add a few more youngsters to the ranks.
Whatever happens in the next 2+ weeks, at least the foundation for a nice, young, hard-working team is being laid. It's a refreshing change for this franchise and well overdue.
The authors of Okposo Net send our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to former Islander Richard Zednik. He sustained a scary injury during a game in Buffalo which required immediate medical attention. Apparently a teammate's blade caused a large laceration to his neck. Again, we all wish him the best of luck.