Islanders Acquire Hyman

Hyman

Replacing Nikita Kucherov on the top line was a top priority for the New York Islanders heading into the offseason.  A tough break for New York who lose one of the top players in the league this year.  After numerous talks involving a bunch of different players on many different teams, the Islanders acquired Zach Hyman from the Ottawa Senators for two high picks and Lawson Crouse.  It was a very high price to pay for a rental, but keeps NYI in the hunt for a Stanley Cup.

Hyman is very highly rated across the board which will make him invaluable to the team.  He can score goals, pass the puck, and play exceptional defense.  He will be highly utilized on both special teams as well as 5 on 5.  The addition pretty much completes the team for the coming season as this was by far the most pressing need and biggest hole to fill.  He is expected to line up alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Connor McDavid on the top line, in front of Quinn Hughes and Drew Doughty.  Hyman will be a high point man playing with that talent.

New York had tried to acquire Hyman for the past number of months which includes contacting 3 different general managers over that span who have been in control of the Ottawa franchise.  To finally get their man, even if it is only for a year, is considered a big win for Islander management as he will be a core piece for the franchise heading into this season.

GM TN is back

A few years of hiatus in some foreign land of the east somewhere GM TN is back as a full fledged Sensei… and he get back to work quickly. After a few days  with a trade here and there GM TN called for a press conference in which your truly was apart of. He did not say anything except gave all of us a look and then turned on Eminem song lose yourself before leaving.

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But this reporter did some digging and apparently GM TN waited a few days before calling for a press conferense because he wanted to finish building the team he have planned for first, and today the building was done… that was quick.

From the look of it the Senators dont need to go throught FA to fill up the teams roster as all the positions and then some are filled. But the price was not cheap as GM TN as usual mortgage the future in term of first rounders and prospects to get his top 6 forwards along with the top 4 defenseman he had in his blueprint.

As for the cryptic Eminem song, well its not hard to uncover the reason behind the first phrase of the song:

Look
If you had
One shot
Or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
In one moment
Would you capture it
Or just let it slip?

Take a look at the Senators and you will see that 7 of the teams 20 roster players is on a 1 year contract before becoming UFA, so its truly ONE SHOT to take it all for GM TN this year before what we think will be a massive rebuilding the next few years.

Well fans of Ottawa Senators, prepare your champagne as it wont be long before GM TN will bring you his signature President Trophy and if the Sim God are smiling upon him, also The Cup!

Stay tuned for more people.

 

Im Blah, Blah, Blah signing out…

SIgning off

Isles 2021 Draft Review

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The New York Islanders were busy wheeling and dealing at the draft, in the end coming away with 4 selections.

G – Leevi Merilainen – 4th Round – 92nd Overall

New York selected a goalie who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, but went unselected in the GVFHL draft.  After being picked by the Senators, he put up a .934 save percentage in the Liiga Finnish League.  Merilainen has starter upside and was a nice replacement for the recently traded Ivan Prosvetov in the pipeline.

D – Johannes Kinnvall – 6th Round – 172nd Overall

The Isles went for an older defender with this pick, but despite just turning 24, he will be pushing for a spot with the Calgary Flames this coming season.  He was signed as a free agent and is an offensive defenceman with strong puck moving skills and can run a powerplay.

LW – Liam Kirk – 6th Round – 173rd Overall

The first British player to be drafted in the NHL back in 2018 has been on an upward trend since being selected.  Now 21, Kirk has been playing in North America and had a great World Championships which earned him a contract with the Coyotes.  He has the skill to be a middle six forward in the NHL.

LW – Joel Teasdale – 7th Round – 188th Overall

After trading their 7th round pick to acquire Scott Mayfield, the Islanders acquired the next pick and selected Teasdale.  He’s a strong two way forward who was on the Habs taxi squad this past season, but hasn’t played in the NHL just yet. Like Kirk, he has the skills to be a middle six winger in the NHL.