Fantasy NHL
New York Islanders Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Mikhail Grabovski, C7/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Insight: In just 58 games for the Capitals last year, Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He's produced 50-plus points twice in his career and is a solid second- or third-line center.
Dan Boyle, D6/9/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle reportedly has no interest in playing for the New York Islanders, who acquired the veteran blueliner's rights from the Sharks on June 5 for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: The 37-year-old Boyle will become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is only interested in playing for a contender. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Dan Boyle, D6/5/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: The Sharks have traded Dan Boyle's rights to the Islanders for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick.
Insight: The pick becomes a fourth-rounder if Boyle signs with the Islanders. He'll become a restricted free agent on July 1. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Jaroslav Halak, G5/22/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Jaroslav Halak has agreed to a four-year, $18 million extension with the Islanders. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The 29-year-old spent most of last season with the Blues before being sent to Washington at the trade deadline. He was traded again a few weeks later. Halak was going to be a free agent this offseason but now he's under Islanders' control until 2018.
John Tavares, C5/15/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares has resumed skating. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) missed the second half of the year after tearing his MCL at the Olympics. It's unknown if he'll be ready for the start of next season.
Jaroslav Halak, G5/1/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the Islanders. SOURCE: Islanders.com
Insight: Washington is receiving a fourth-round pick for him. The Islanders will be Halak's fourth team in his last six seasons.
Anders Lee, CHot4/13/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee scored three goals in his last two games.
Insight: Lee will finish with 14 points (nine goals) in 22 games after being summoned from the AHL after the Olympic break.
Ryan Strome, C4/11/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Strome, the 2011 No. 5 overall pick, has produced 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 21 games since he was recalled from the minors following the Olympic break.
Evgeni Nabokov, G4/10/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves in a shutout of the Canadiens Thursday night.
Insight: Nabokov has been splitting starts with 24-year-old Anders Nilsson since the beginning of March and is trying to show he still has something left. He'll be a free agent after the season.
Cal Clutterbuck, RW4/10/2014 5:10:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck (upper body) is not expected to play again this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Isles coach Jack Capuano said Thursday that none of New York's injured players will be back this season.
Calvin de Haan, D4/10/2014 5:07:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is not expected to play again this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out the last two games. Islanders coach Jack Capuano said Thursday that none of New York's injured players will play again this season. That means no Kyle Okposo, Lubomir Visnovsky, John Tavares, Brian Strait, Michael Grabner, Cal Clutterbuck or de Haan.
Michael Grabner, RW4/10/2014 5:05:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) is not expected to play the rest of this season, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night after missing nearly a month, but he suffered another upper-body injury during the game.
Calvin de Haan, D4/8/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (lower body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Senators, according to nhl.com.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and sat out Sunday. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW4/8/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Ottawa, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night after missing nearly a month, but he suffered another upper-body injury and sat out Sunday.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/8/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo (lower body) will not play Tuesday against Ottawa, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury and could be done for the season.
Calvin de Haan, D4/6/2014 3:44:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan will miss Sunday's game due to a lower-body injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: The blueliner left Saturday's game and was unable to return. de Haan has three goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW4/6/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (upper body) will miss Sunday's game, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Grabner returned from a concussion Saturday night. No word on whether he suffered another one or has a different upper-body injury.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/5/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo is doubtful for Saturday's game against Washington due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury. Only a -9 rating hurts his fantasy value.
Michael Grabner, RW4/5/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is questionable for Saturday's game against Washington due to a concussion.
Insight: Grabner skated for an hour on Friday and could return on Saturday. He has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so only has low-end fantasy value.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/2/2014 6:27:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo is not expected to play Wednesday, according to the Islanders on Twitter.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury. Josh Bailey has been playing in his place on the top line and generated four points in the last four games.
Josh Bailey, LW4/1/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey had two points (1 G, 1 A) Tuesday against Florida.
Insight: Bailey (7 G, 24 A) has been playing on the top line with Kyle Okposo out. He's recorded four points over his last four games.
Kyle Okposo, RW4/1/2014 5:36:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo will not play Tuesday, according to the Islanders on Twitter.
Insight: Okposo (27 G, 42 A) hasn't played since March 25 due to a lower-body injury.
Colin McDonald, RW3/25/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Colin McDonald was all over the ice Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: He finished with two goals and one assist. Tuesday marked McDonald's first multi-goal game in almost a year (March 28, 2013 against the Flyers). We'll see if he can stay hot Thursday versus the Lightning.
Matt Martin, LW3/25/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: New York left wing Matt Martin had one of his best games of the season Tuesday in a win over Carolina.
Insight: Martin added two goals and finished the night with a +4 rating. With just 12 points on the season, Martin isn't someone fantasy owners need to be on the lookout for.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D3/24/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is having troubles with concussion symptoms again and is out indefinitely, according to Arthur Staple of New York Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky first concussion was back in October and has limited him to 24 games this season. It's possible the Islanders will shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G3/23/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov was a perfect 41-for-41 on save opportunities Sunday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: It's Nabokov's third shutout of the season. Before Sunday's outing, the veteran had allowed three or more goals in seven consecutive appearances.
Kyle Okposo, RW3/21/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: New York right wing Kyle Okposo left Friday's practice with a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Islanders.com
Insight: That leaves him questionable for Sunday's game against the Blue Jackets. Okposo is tied for sixth in the league in scoring with 69 points in 69 games this season.
Michael Grabner, RW3/15/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is questionable for Saturday's game against Buffalo with a concussion.
Insight: There is no concrete timetable for his return. Grabner has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so he should be easily replaceable in fantasy lineups.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot3/14/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo had two assists Friday against the Sharks.
Insight: Okposo's stock was hurt when John Tavares suffered a season-ending injury, but he's recorded a goal and five assists his last three games. The ascension of rookie Anders Lee to the top line should help both Frans Nielsen and Okposo, as Lee has nine points in eight games since the team called him up.
Frans Nielsen, C3/14/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen has recorded five points (three goals) in his last four games after going seven games without one.
Insight: The 29-year-old had two points Friday against the Sharks to set a career high with 48. He has 21 goals, four more than any other season in his eight-year career.
Anders Lee, CHot3/14/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee had another two-point game Friday against the Sharks.
Insight: The 23-year-old has put up six goals and three assists in eight games since being called up from the AHL. He was moved up to the top line following Michael Grabner's concussion and may stay there. He's gone from someone to watch to someone to add immediately.
Michael Grabner, RW3/13/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner is out indefinitely with a concussion, according to Newsday.
Insight: Grabner has 25 points, 136 SOG and a -11 in 63 games this season, so he's easily replaceable in fantasy.
Anders Lee, CHot3/13/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee will join Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo on the top line, according to Newsday.
Insight: The 23-year-old has contributed five goals and two assists in seven games since he was called up from the minors. Lee had 22 goals and 19 assists over 54 games with Bridgeport (AHL) this season.
Frans Nielsen, C3/5/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen hasn't produced a point since Jan. 27.
Insight: Nielsen, who returned from a broken hand two games ago, is on a seven-game drought. He has 18 goals, 43 points and 120 SOG in 62 games, but his numbers probably will take a hit with John Tavares out for the season and Thomas Vanek traded.
Anders Nilsson, G3/4/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson made 36 saves in a 3-2 overtime win at Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Insight: The 23-year-old Nilsson has started the last two games after Evgeni Nabokov was shelled for five goals in 40 minutes Saturday. The Islanders are playing for the future so Nilsson may see the majority of the starts down the stretch, but New York's defense isn't very good and Nilsson's AHL stats were unimpressive the last two seasons.
Thomas Vanek, LW3/4/2014 6:33:00 PM
Description: Thomas Vanek will not play Tuesday against the Jets, according to John Shannon of sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) has played his last game with the Islanders, as the team is expected to trade him before Wednesday's deadline.
Thomas Vanek, LW3/4/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: The Bruins and Ducks are both in on Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek, who is expected to be dealt before tomorrow's trade deadline. SOURCE: David Pagnotta, TheFourthPeriod.com
Insight: With no guarantee that Vanek (21 goals, 32 assists) will re-sign as a free agent this summer, it makes sense for the Islanders to deal him now so they can at least get something in return. Boston acquired Jaromir Jagr at the trade deadline last season and could make another big splash at this year's deadline. Acquiring Vanek would certainly qualify.
Ryan Strome, C3/2/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome scored a goal Sunday against Florida.
Insight: The Islanders are going nowhere and most likely will give Strome, the 2011 No. 5 overall pick, top-six minutes the rest of the season. He had 49 points over 37 games in the AHL.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot3/2/2014 7:28:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist Sunday against the Panthers.
Insight: Vanek has recorded four points the last two games despite playing without John Tavares, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The 30-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season and likely will be traded before the deadline.
Matt Martin, LW3/1/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Islanders winger Matt Martin is questionable for Saturday's game against the New Jersey due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Martin was back at practice and could return for Saturday's game, but more likely will miss one more contest. His absence from the lineup shouldn't affect any fantasy teams as he's totaled just eight points in 60 games with a -9 rating. He has accumulated 95 SOG and 74 PIM.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D2/27/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored his third goal of the season Thursday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Visnovsky had two points in New York's last game before the Olympic break but before that hadn't picked up any points since October 15. He missed more than three months with a concussion and has six points in 15 games.
Michael Grabner, RW2/27/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Grabner had three two-point games in January but only eight points for the entire month, and he hadn't scored in his first three games of February before Thursday. The 26-year-old has just 22 points (11 goals) in 57 games.
Anders Lee, C2/27/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Anders Lee scored two goals Thursday against Toronto.
Insight: Lee has scored a point in all three NHL games he has played in his career. His first two came last April. The former sixth-round pick had 41 points (22 goals) over 54 games in the AHL this season. There's no reason to rush out and pick him up.
John Tavares, C2/24/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: New York has officially placed center John Tavares on injured reserve. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: It's just a formality as Tavares (24 goals, 42 assists in 59 games) has already been ruled out for the season with a torn MCL. The Islanders are hoping he'll be ready for the start of next season.
Frans Nielsen, C2/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have officially placed center Frans Nielsen on injured reserve. He broke his hand prior to the Olympic break. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: He's probably still a few weeks away from returning. Before the injury, Nielsen had 18 goals and 25 assists. Fantasy owners with extra roster space can definitely afford to stash him.
John Tavares, C2/20/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares has been diagnosed with a torn MCL. He's out for the season. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The Islanders weren't going to make the playoffs anyway but this is still a devastating injury and one that could have a huge impact on whether or not NHL players will be allowed to compete in the next Olympics. Islanders GM Garth Snow voiced his frustration on this subject Thursday by saying, "It's a joke. They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares will finish the year with 24 goals and 42 assists in 59 appearances.
John Tavares, C2/19/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares suffered a knee injury while playing for Team Canada in the Olympics and will sit out the rest of the tournament. SOURCE: newsday.com
Insight: Tavares isn't that important to Canada's chances because he plays on the fourth line, but he's a fantasy superstar who has produced 24 goals, 66 points and 188 SOG in 59 games this season. The Isles next game is on Feb. 27, and his status for that game is unclear.
Frans Nielsen, C2/11/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen suffered a broken bone in his left hand when he was slashed by Colorado's Erik Johnson on Sunday. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Nielsen will have the luxury of healing during the Olympic break, but there's a chance he'll still miss some time when the NHL resumes its schedule.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D2/8/2014 10:29:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky had a goal and an assist Saturday against the Avalanche.
Insight: They were Visnovsky's first points since Oct. 15. He missed more than three months due to a concussion before returning on Jan. 27.
Travis Hamonic, D2/7/2014 4:25:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been activated from the injured reserve list for Saturday's game against Colorado
Insight: Hamonic hasn't played since Jan. 12 due to his condition. He only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season so fantasy owners have little interest, but the 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/6/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: The Islanders are looking to trade left wing Thomas Vanek before Friday's Olympic trade deadline. SOURCE: Renaud Lavoie, Le Journal de Montreal
Insight: It's become increasingly clear to the Islanders that Vanek is going to leave when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Vanek (19 goals, 28 assists) would make a nice supporting piece for a contender like Anaheim or Minnesota.
Evgeni Nabokov, GHot2/4/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has blocked 87 of the 92 shots (.946 SV%) he's faced in three starts since returning from a quad injury.
Insight: Nabokov shut out the Washington Capitals with 22 saves Tuesday to bring his record to 10-10-5. He has two shutouts this season.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: The Islanders are looking to trade left wing Thomas Vanek before Friday's Olympic trade deadline. SOURCE: Renaud Lavoie, Le Journal de Montreal
Insight: It's become increasingly clear to the Islanders that Vanek is going to leave when he becomes a free agent at the end of the season. Vanek would make a nice supporting piece for a contender like Anaheim or Minnesota.
Thomas Vanek, LW2/4/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: According to Newsday, New York left wing Thomas Vanek is preparing to test the open market this summer. Vanek's current contract expires after this season.
Insight: His other option would be to sign a long-term deal with the Islanders. Returning to the Isles remains an option for the 30-year-old Vanek though it makes sense for him to see what else is out there. Vanek had spent his previous eight and a half seasons with Buffalo before being traded to the Islanders in October.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot2/2/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo has produced at least one point per game in three of the four months this season.
Insight: Okposo collected 35 points (18 goals) across 29 games combined in December and January. His next goal will be his 25th, setting a new career high, and he already has a career-high 58 points in 56 games this season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/29/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will start for the first time since Jan. 6 Wednesday against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
Insight: Nabokov played in relief Monday against Boston after missing three weeks due to a quadriceps injury. He's 9-8-5 with a 2.85 GAA and .905 SV% this season.
Travis Hamonic, D1/28/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been placed on injured reserve with a concussion, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Hamonic hasn't played since Jan. 12 due to his condition. He only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season so fantasy owners have less interest, but the 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/28/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was activated Monday, servering as backup and even played 12 minutes.
Insight: Nabokov is 9-8-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .905 SV% and should resume his starting role as neither Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson did enough to take the spot away from him.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/25/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) may play on Monday, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky suffered a concussion on Oct. 19 and hasn't returned yet. He had a goal and two assists in the first eight games of the season.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/25/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: The Penguins put a stop to Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek's six-game scoring streak Thursday, but Vanek came back with a goal and an assist Saturday against the Blues. He had a second goal, which would have been the game-winner with 1:15 left in overtime, overturned by review because league officials ruled that Vanek kicked the puck in.
Insight: After starting off slowly following his trade from the Sabres to the Isles, Vanek has generated 25 points (nine goals) in his last 19 games. However, he wasn't happy about the call that cost his team a point. "I think it's a terrible call," said Vanek. "I don't know if it's who we are. If that's Pittsburgh or a top team, that's maybe a goal. It's just a terrible call. We all know what a kicking motion is."
Thomas Vanek, LW1/23/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Don't be surprised if Thomas Vanek re-signs with the Islanders when he becomes a free agent next summer. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: Even if the Islanders trade him, Vanek said he'd be open to returning to New York. He's averaged exactly a point per game in his 36 contests for the Isles this season.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/22/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek has come up with 23 points in his last 17 games.
Insight: It took some time for Vanek to develop chemistry with John Tavares after coming over from Buffalo in a trade, but the top line of Tavares-Vanek-Kyle Okposo has been clicking in the past month.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/22/2014 12:02:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek added a goal and an assist against the Rangers Tuesday night.
Insight: Vanek has 18 goals and 27 assist in 48 games. He's certainly living up to the hype.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/20/2014 8:40:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo came through with two points (both on the power play) Monday against the Flyers.
Insight: Okposo scored a goal, picked up an assist and got into a fight to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick. The 25-year-old has 49 points (20 goals) in 50 games, just three points away from his career high.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/20/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov skated with the team Sunday.
Insight: Nabokov is eligible to come off the injured reserve whenever he is ready - likely in about a week. He's 9-8-5 with a 2.88 GAA and .905 SV% and should resume his starting role when healthy as neither Kevin Poulin or Anders Nilsson did enough to take the spot away from him.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/20/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) finally returned to the ice for Sunday's practice.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force, but hasn't played since Oct. 19 and there is still no timetable, but this update is encouraging.
Travis Hamonic, D1/20/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body) has gone back to Long Island for further evaluation of his injury, according to newsday.com.
Insight: It is believed that Hamonic has a concussion. He only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season so fantasy owners have less interest, but the 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing.
Travis Hamonic, D1/16/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body) has gone back to Long Island for further evaluation of his injury, according to newsday.com.
Insight: It is believed that Hamonic has a concussion. The 23-year-old is important to New York, as he skates 25 minutes per game on the top defensive pairing, but he only has one goal and nine points in 47 games this season.
Jesse Joensuu, RW1/16/2014 12:21:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against Minnesota while dealing with flu-like sypmtoms.
Insight: Joensuu isn't much a factor for fantasy owners with a career best point total of nine in 42 games back in 2010. He's only managed two points this season with an ugly -15 rating so fantasy owners should leave him alone.
Travis Hamonic, D1/14/2014 2:54:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic is questionable for Tuesday's game against Florida due to illness.
Insight: Hamonic was a decent fantasy defenseman averaging 25 points with 121 SOG from 2010-11, but posted just 10 points in 48 games last season and has nine points in 47 games this season. Look elsewhere for defensive help.
Jesse Joensuu, RW1/14/2014 2:47:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Dallas while dealing with flu-like sypmtoms.
Insight: Joensuu isn't much a factor for fantasy owners with a career best point total of nine in 42 games back in 2010. He's only managed two points this season with an ugly -15 rating so fantasy owners should leave him alone.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/12/2014 9:32:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo found the net twice Sunday in a win over Dallas.
Insight: He was +3 for the game. Okposo is having a terrific year. His next goal will be his 20th of the season. In 2012, he didn't score his 20th goal until March 31st.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/7/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo scored his 17th goal of the season in his return to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Okposo missed Monday's game after his wife gave birth to their first child. The winger is attached to a dominant center in John Tavares and has 43 points in 44 games. The 25-year-old's career high is 52.
John Tavares, CHot1/7/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares followed up his three-goal, two-assist game Monday against Dallas with three assists Tuesday at Toronto.
Insight: Tavares has posted 16 points during his seven-game scoring streak and 54 points (20 goals) in 44 games this season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/7/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury after New York's win over Dallas Monday. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Nabokov left Monday's game in the first period with the injury. The veteran missed a month from mid-November to mid-December with a groin injury, and this may be related. He had gone 4-3-2 with a .926 SV% in nine games since returning to the lineup. Kevin Poulin will start Tuesday and beyond, but he struggled during Nabokov's first absence and is not a trustworthy fantasy option.
Andrew MacDonald, DHot1/6/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald has scored at least one point in five straight games.
Insight: MacDonald has eight points during the streak, all of them assists. The 27-year-old has three goals and 22 points in 44 games.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/6/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek's two assists Monday against the Stars extended his scoring streak to nine games.
Insight: Vanek has five goals and 14 points during the streak. After failing to make an impact initially, playing with John Tavares is finally yielding positive results for Vanek.
Ryan Strome, C1/6/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders rookie Ryan Strome scored his first NHL goal Monday against the Stars.
Insight: Strome has four points in his first 11 games and skated under 14 minutes per game so far.
John Tavares, CHot1/6/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares had a hat trick, two assists, six SOG and a +3 Monday against the Stars.
Insight: The Isles star is on fire and has put up 13 points in his last five games and now has 300 in 334 games in his NHL career. He's having his best season, scoring 20 goals and adding 31 assists, 137 SOG and 32 PIM in 43 games.
Evgeni Nabokov, G1/6/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov left Monday's game in the first period with an injury.
Insight: No word on what the injury is. Nabokov missed a month from mid-November to mid-December with a groin injury and had gone 4-3-2 with a .926 SV% in nine games since returning to the lineup.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/6/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo is not on the ice for pre-game warmups and is not expected to play Monday, according to Dan Rosen of nhl.com.
Insight: Okposo's wife gave birth to their first child on Monday. He has been a huge offensive weapon this season with 16 goals and 26 assists in 43 games and will probably only miss one contest.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D1/6/2014 2:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky's concussion is still preventing him from resuming skating.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force, but hasn't played since Oct. 19 - close to three months ago.
Kyle Okposo, RW1/6/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo will be a game-time decision.
Insight: Okposo's wife is expecting and they were at the hospital Sunday night. Okposo has been a huge offensive weapon this season with 16 goals and 26 assists in 43 games. He's a must start if dressed.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot1/2/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek extended his scoring streak to seven games with a goal on Thursday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Vanek has four goals and 10 points during the streak. New York's top line of John Tavares, Vanek and Kyle Okposo is really clicking right now and has helped the Isles go 5-2 in their last seven games.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot1/2/2014 9:33:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo had two points, including the game-winning goal, Thursday in an overtime win over Chicago.
Insight: Okposo has recorded at least one point in eight straight games and multiple points in three straight. The 25-year-old is going to blow away his career-high 52 points this season, as he already has 42 in 42 games.
John Tavares, C12/28/2013 2:20:00 PM
Description: New York center John Tavares won't play Saturday against New Jersey. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He's out with a lower body injury. By sitting out, Tavares is snapping his streak of 246 consecutive games played. Consider him questionable for Sunday night's game in Minnesota.
John Tavares, CHot12/27/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares missed practice Friday due to a lower back injury, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. The injury is not considered to be a long-term problem.
Insight: Tavares is questionable for Saturday's game. The 23-year-old has put up similar production to last season, but a higher percentage of his points have come from assists than goals this year. He has 13 goals, 26 assists and 114 SOG in 38 games after tallying 28 goals, 19 assists and 162 SOG in 48 games last season.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot12/23/2013 10:07:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo has recorded a point in four straight games and six of his last seven.
Insight: He's scored four goals in that span. Okposo, who has the good fortune of playing with John Tavares, has 12 goals and 33 points in 38 games after scoring a goal Monday against Detroit.
Thomas Vanek, LWHot12/21/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek notched two goals Saturday against Anaheim.
Insight: Vanek also scored Friday against the Rangers and has five goals over his last seven games.
Thomas Vanek, LW12/20/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek had the game-winning goal Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Vanek has three goals and five points over his last six games and 14 points (seven goals) in 20 games since coming over to the Isles in a trade.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D12/20/2013 10:35:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky's concussion is still preventing him from resuming workouts, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force, but hasn't played since Oct. 19 - two months ago.
Casey Cizikas, C12/17/2013 12:42:00 PM
Description: Center Casey Cizikas has been downgraded to out for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay with a bruised jaw.
Insight: You probably don't know Cizikas because centers with seven points in 33 games don't get much publicity or attention from fantasy owners. Neither does a -5 rating, 8 PIM or 27 shots.
Casey Cizikas, C12/15/2013 10:25:00 AM
Description: Center Casey Cizikas is questionable for Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay with a bruised jaw.
Insight: You probably don't know Cizikas because centers with seven points in 33 games don't get much publicity or attention from fantasy owners. Neither does a -5 rating, 8 PIM or 27 shots.
Evgeni Nabokov, G12/14/2013 9:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov took a 1-0 overtime loss in his return to the lineup Saturday against Montreal.
Insight: Nabokov missed more than a month due to a groin injury and replacement Kevin Poulin struggled mightily. The 38-year-old entered Saturday's game with an ugly 3.30 GAA, so fantasy owners should avoid him for now.
Evgeni Nabokov, G12/12/2013 7:19:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov is back after missing almost a month with a groin injury. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: He's not going to start Thursday's game in Phoenix but he could see action if Kevin Poulin struggles or gets injured. We wouldn't recommend using either player for fantasy purposes.
Ryan Strome, C12/12/2013 6:54:00 PM
Description: Ryan Strome was supposed to make his NHL debut Thursday against Phoenix but instead he'll sit out. SOURCE: New York Newsday
Insight: Head coach Jack Capuano is giving the Islanders center a few days to acclimate himself after spending his first two months in the AHL. He should play Saturday against Montreal.
Ryan Strome, C12/11/2013 2:24:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have called up top prospect Ryan Strome, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, according to islanders.nhl.com.
Insight: The 20-year-old leads the AHL in scoring with 33 points (nine goals) in 23 games. He'll make his NHL debut Thursday and is worth a pickup in deeper leagues.
Kevin Poulin, G12/11/2013 10:58:00 AM
Description: Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin made 46 saves in a 3-2 shootout win at San Jose Tuesday night.
Insight: Poulin took over the starting job following Evgeni Nabokov's injury in November but had a 3.19 GAA and an .888 SV% over 11 appearances during the month. Fantasy owners should avoid him.
Anders Nilsson, G12/5/2013 6:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson will get his third straight start Thursday at St. Louis.
Insight: Kevin Poulin was a disaster after taking over for the injured Evgeni Nabokov, so Nilsson is getting his shot. Fantasy owners should avoid this situation.
Kyle Okposo, RW12/3/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Kyle Okposo scored both of New York's goals Tuesday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Okposo now has 25 points in 28 games. That's more than he had all of last season (24 in 48 contests). He deserves to be starting in all fantasy leagues.
Anders Nilsson, G11/30/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Anders Nilsson will start for the first time this season Saturday against the Capitals.
Insight: Kevin Poulin has allowed at least three goals in each of his last seven games, so Nilsson could earn a greater share of the starts going forward if he has a good performance Saturday.
Thomas Hickey, D11/25/2013 3:31:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey is questionable for Wednesday's game against Winnipeg due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Hicker has totaled four points in 24 games this season and doesn;t have fantasy value at this time.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/22/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek scored two goals Friday in his return to the lineup.
Insight: Vanek missed five straight games with an upper-body injury. He'll continue to play on a line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, which should give him strong fantasy value.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/22/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek missed Tuesday's game against Toronto and is listed as questionable for Friday's game against Pittsburgh, but according to Arthur Staple of Newsday he'll play.
Insight: Tuesday was the fifth game in a row he's missed because of an upper body injury. Fantasy owners need his production (12 points in 19 games) back in the lineup asap.
Frans Nielsen, C11/19/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored his 10th goal of the season Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Nielsen has produced three goals and seven points in 10 games this month after putting up seven goals and 15 points over 12 games in October. Expect production closer to November the rest of this season.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/19/2013 1:41:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek is out for Tuesday's game against Toronto, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Insight: It's the fifrth game in a row he's missed because of an upper body injury. Fantasy owners need his production (12 points in 19 games) back in the lineup asap.
Evgeni Nabokov, G11/18/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: The Islanders placed goalie Evgeni Nabokov on injured reserve on Monday. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He's dealing with a painful groin injury. Kevin Poulin will have to fill in while he's out.
Evgeni Nabokov, G11/17/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, Evgeni Nabokov's groin injury could keep him out four weeks or more.
Insight: Nabokov has struggled this season and suffered the injury Saturday. Kevin Poulin will take over the starting job while Anders Nilsson is expected to be called up to back him up.
John Tavares, CHot11/16/2013 10:14:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares extended his scoring streak to five games with a goal and an assist Saturday against the Red Wings.
Insight: The superstar center has nine goals and 25 points in 21 games this season. He's only attempted one shot over the last two games but still has provided fantasy owners with a goal and three points in that span.
Evgeni Nabokov, G11/16/2013 7:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov left Saturday's game after five minutes of play due to an apparent groin injury, according to Renaud Lavoie of journaldemontreal.com.
Insight: Nabokov came in with an ugly 3.24 GAA in his first 13 starts and had not started since Nov. 9. Kevin Poulin came on against Detroit Saturday.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/16/2013 3:26:00 PM
Description: Updating an earlier item, Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek is out for Saturday's game against Detroit. SOURCE: Islanders on Twitter
Insight: It's the fourth game in a row he's missed because of an upper body injury. New York's next game won't be until Tuesday against Toronto.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/16/2013 11:24:00 AM
Description: New York left wing Thomas Vanek is expected to return Saturday versus the Red Wings. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: He's been sitting out with an upper body injury. Vanek has struggled during his short tenure with the Islanders (just one goal in six games), but we're guessing he'll be able to turn it around sooner or later.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/14/2013 6:43:00 PM
Description: New York left wing Thomas Vanek is still out with an upper body injury. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Thursday will mark Vanek's third absence in a row. He's hoping to return Saturday against Detroit.
John Tavares, C11/14/2013 6:37:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares is good to go for Thursday's contest against the Kings. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Tavares' status had been in question after missing Wednesday's practice with a hip issue. He hasn't faced the Kings since February of 2012.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/14/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (upper body) worked out Tuesday and resumed skating Wednesday, but wasn't part of the team practice.
Insight: He is more likely to return on Saturday. Vanek has one goal and three points in his first six games with the Islanders after coming over in a trade from Buffalo, but that should pick up once he develops chemistry with John Tavares.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/13/2013 10:39:00 AM
Description: Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (upper body) worked out Tuesday and reported feeling better, which means he may resume skating Wednesday and play Thursday. SOURCE: newsday.com
Insight: Vanek exited Saturday's game after his first shift and missed Tuesday's win over the Predators. He has one goal and three points in his first six games with the Islanders after coming over in a trade from Buffalo, but that should pick up once he develops chemistry with John Tavares.
Kyle Okposo, RW11/12/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo scored his sixth goal of the season Tuesday against Carolina to end a three-game scoring drought.
Insight: Okposo has flourished while playing on the top line with John Tavares this season. He has 20 points in 19 games.
Kevin Poulin, G11/12/2013 9:50:00 PM
Description: Islanders backup goaltender Kevin Poulin may have earned himself more starts after saving 32 of 33 shots Tuesday against Nashville.
Insight: Poulin already was making his third start in the last four games due to Evgeni Nabokov's struggles this month.
John Tavares, CHot11/12/2013 9:43:00 PM
Description: John Tavares had a hand in two of the Islanders' three goals Tuesday in a win against the Predators.
Insight: He scored one and assisted on the other. Tavares has registered at least one point in six out of his last seven contests. He's New York's best player and a legitimate MVP candidate.
Frans Nielsen, C11/12/2013 9:40:00 PM
Description: New York center Frans Nielsen played the role of distributor Tuesday in a win over Nashville.
Insight: He assisted on two of the Islanders' three goals for his 11th and 12th assists of the season. The 29-year-old is now tied for fifth in the league in scoring (21 points in 19 games).
Kevin Poulin, G11/12/2013 6:30:00 PM
Description: Islanders backup goaltender Kevin Poulin will start Tuesday against Nashville.
Insight: This will be his third start in the last four games due to Evgeni Nabokov's struggles. Poulin gave up four goals at Montreal Sunday, but this is a better matchup.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/12/2013 1:30:00 PM
Description: An upper body injury will kept Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek from playing Sunday against Montreal and is expected to keep him out on Tuesday as well.
Insight: Vanek exited Saturday's game after his first shift. He isn't expected back until Saturday at the earliest, according to Arthur Staple of Long Island Newsday.
Travis Hamonic, D11/12/2013 1:28:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body injury) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Nashville.
Insight: Hamonic was a decent fantasy defenseman averaging 25 points with 121 SOG from 2010-11, but posted just 10 points in 48 games last season. He's off to a slightly better start this season with six points in 18 games.
Cal Clutterbuck, RW11/12/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck is questionable for Tuesday's game against Nashville is highly questionable with an upper body injury.
Insight: Clutterbuck is just starting to skate again. He wasn't much help to fantasy owners last season. In 42 games, he netted just four goals and six assists while carrying a rating of -5. he's managed just two points in 12 games this season.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/10/2013 11:26:00 AM
Description: An upper body injury will keep Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek from playing Sunday against Montreal. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: Vanek exited Saturday's game after his first shift. We should know soon whether or not Vanek will require a stint on injured reserve.
Thomas Vanek, LW11/9/2013 8:25:00 PM
Description: New York left wing Thomas Vanek injured his hand early in the first period Saturday versus the Blue Jackets. According to Newsday's Steve Zipay, his night is over.
Insight: He only logged 23 seconds of ice time before getting hurt. The 29-year-old has one goal and two assists in six games since being traded late last month.
Kevin Poulin, G11/7/2013 6:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders backup goaltender Kevin Poulin will start between the pipes Thursday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: Poulin has made three starts this season and is 1-2-0 with a 2.68 GAA and a .907 SV%. He played well in his last start Saturday, allowing one goal on 27 shots in a win over the Bruins.
Peter Regin, C11/5/2013 12:43:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Peter Regin is questionable for Tuesday's game against Washington with a dental issue.
Insight: Regin isn't much of an offensive threat with one goal and three assists in 14 games after posting 21 points in his previous 65 contests. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for help at the center position.
Kyle Okposo, RWHot11/3/2013 11:05:00 AM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo has five assists in his last two games.
Insight: Okposo is tied for third in the NHL with 13 assists and also has four goals, 14 PIM, 33 SOG and a +6. He gets to play with John Tavares and Thomas Vanek on the team's top line and on the Isles' top power-play unit, so the good times should continue.
Brian Strait, D11/1/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Brian Strait is questionable for Friday's game against Ottawa with an upper body injury.
Insight: Strait doesn't hold much value for fantasy owners, he's not a big scorer, shooter, or accumulator of penalty minutes.
Brian Strait, D10/29/2013 1:13:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Brian Strait is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Rangers with an upper body injury.
Insight: Strait doesn't hold much value for fantasy owners, he's not a big scorer, shooter, or accumulator of penalty minutes.
Thomas Vanek, LW10/28/2013 12:59:00 PM
Description: Newly acquired Islanders winger Thomas Vanek is expected to play on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.
Insight: Vanek has scored in four consecutive games and hopes to continue the streak with his new team. He's scored four goals and nine points in 13 games this season.
Kevin Poulin, G10/26/2013 12:15:00 PM
Description: Islanders backup goaltender Kevin Poulin will start Saturday against the Flyers.
Insight: Evgeni Nabokov started Friday at Pittsburgh and had a busy night, facing 42 SOG, so Poulin will man the crease Saturday. The backup gave up three goals against the Blackhawks in his only appearance of the season.
Evgeni Nabokov, G10/25/2013 9:57:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov faced 42 SOG Friday against the Penguins but blocked 39 of them in a 4-3 win.
Insight: Nabokov came in having allowed nine goals on 56 shots the previous two games. He's now 4-2-3 with a 2.82 GAA and a .908 SV%.
Josh Bailey, LW10/25/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey scored his fourth goal of the season Friday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: The 24-year-old Bailey has eight points in 10 games despite skating just 15:30 per game and not playing with the top power-play unit.
Matt Moulson, LWHot10/25/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: Islanders left winger Matt Moulson has scored five goals with three assists during a five-game scoring streak.
Insight: Moulson's goal Friday night came on the power-play, giving him five power-play goals and seven power-play points on the season.
Frans Nielsen, CHot10/25/2013 9:47:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen added three more points to his total Friday night against the Penguins.
Insight: He had a goal and two assists, giving him six goals and eight assists in the first 10 games this season. Six of his points have come with the man advantage.
Frans Nielsen, CHot10/22/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen had a goal and two assists Tuesday against Vancouver.
Insight: After finishing strong in 2012-13, Nielsen has five goals and 11 points in the first nine games this season. He has been skating with the top power-play unit consisting of John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky and is a must-add if he's still available.
Matt Moulson, LWHot10/22/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Islanders left winger Matt Moulson scored two goals Tuesday against the Canucks, giving him five this season.
Insight: Moulson started slowly with one point in his first five games but he has four goals and seven points in his last four.
Jesse Joensuu, RW10/22/2013 1:38:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu is questionable for Tuesday's game against Montreal with a strained back.
Insight: Joensuu isn't much a factor for fantasy owners with a career best point total of nine in 42 games.
Michael Grabner, RW10/22/2013 12:06:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner (suspension) will be eligible to return for Saturday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: Grabner was suspended for his high hit on Carolina's Nathan Gerbe. He's been a big offensive force this season with a pair of goals and six assists in eight games.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D10/22/2013 12:04:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a concussion Saturday night and was placed on injured reserve.
Insight: Visnovsky is a solid offensive force and will be missed. The team is expected to sign veteran blueliner Radek Martinek to help fill the void. Martinek has little fantasy value.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D10/20/2013 10:32:00 AM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky suffered a concussion Saturday night, according to Newsday.
Insight: Visnovsky will be reevaluated Sunday. If he's placed on injured reserve, the team is expected to sign veteran blueliner Radek Martinek, who has been skating with the team during the past week.
Kyle Okposo, RW10/19/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo has produced back-to-back two-point games.
Insight: He has three goals and five assists over his last six games after starting the season with two scoreless games. The 25-year-old is a must-add; not only does he skate with the top power-play unit, he plays with John Tavares in 5-on-5 situations.
Frans Nielsen, CHot10/19/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: It's time to buy into Nielsen's hot start. He has eight points in the first eight games after finishing strong last season and has been skating with the top power-play unit consisting of John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Kyle Okposo and Lubomir Visnovsky.
Matt Moulson, LWHot10/19/2013 10:23:00 PM
Description: Islanders left winger Matt Moulson has two goals and three assists over his last three games.
Insight: That's more like it. Moulson had just one point, a goal, over his first five games, but he has made up for it recently.
Colin McDonald, C10/17/2013 1:42:00 PM
Description: New York winger Colin McDonald is questionable for Thursday's game against Edmonton with a strained left hip.
Insight: The winger has managed just one goal and no assists over his first five games.
Jesse Joensuu, RW10/17/2013 1:40:00 PM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu is doubtful for Thursday's game against the NY Islanders with a strained back.
Insight: Joensuu's best point total is nine in 42 games therefore we can't recommend him for any fantasy help even when healthy.
Frans Nielsen, CHot10/15/2013 10:03:00 PM
Description: Islanders center Frans Nielsen has scored a goal in two straight games.
Insight: Nielsen finished strong last season, putting up four goals and 19 points in his last 27 games, and he has picked up where he left off by scoring three goals with seven points in the first seven games this season.
Matt Moulson, LW10/15/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Islanders left winger Matt Moulson scored his second goal of the season Tuesday against Buffalo.
Insight: Moulson has been quiet so far; his two goals are his only points. However, the 29-year-old has performed at a 0.88 ppg pace the last two seasons and should be fine.
Josh Bailey, LW10/11/2013 10:34:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey scored his second goal of the season Friday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: The 24-year-old Bailey has five points in the first four games this season. However, he has only skated 14 mpg this season and doesn't play on the top power-play line so his fantasy upside is limited.
Matt Moulson, LW10/11/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Islanders high-scoring left wing Matt Moulson is questionable for Friday's game against Chicago due to the birth of his son.
Insight: Moulson posted 15 goals and 29 assist in 47 games last season. He has just one goal in the Islanders' first three games.
Kevin Poulin, G10/11/2013 2:35:00 PM
Description: The Islanders will start backup goalie Kevin Poulin Friday night against Chicago.
Insight: This will be Poulin's first start of the season. He was 1-3 with a 3.02 GAA and .893 SV% last season. Starter Evgeni Nabokov will play in the second game of the back-to-back Saturday versus Nashville.
Cal Clutterbuck, RW10/11/2013 10:30:00 AM
Description: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck (leg) is probable for Friday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Clutterbuck wasn't much help to fantasy owners last season. In 42 games, he netted just four goals and six assists while carrying a rating of -5. Friday would be his season debut.
Evgeni Nabokov, GHot10/8/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov had his best start of the season Tuesday, stopping 33 of 34 shots in a 6-1 win over Phoenix.
Insight: After the Isles went to a shootout in each of the first two games, they picked up an easy win Tuesday for their veteran netminder. Nabokov is 2-0-1 with a 1.89 GAA so far.
John Tavares, CHot10/8/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares scored his first goal of the season and added a second Tuesday against Phoenix.
Insight: Tavares has 13 SOG in three games this season. The 23-year-old should easily exceed 80 points in 2013-14.
Josh Bailey, LW10/8/2013 9:41:00 PM
Description: Islanders forward Josh Bailey logged a goal and two assists Tuesday against the Coyotes.
Insight: Bailey scored on his lone shot of the game and has four points in the first three games. The 24-year-old performed at a 0.5 ppg pace in 38 games last season, which would have given him a career-high 41 points if it were a full 82-game season. Expect something similar this season.
Cal Clutterbuck, RW10/8/2013 3:43:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck (leg) is practicing, but isn't expected to return until Friday at the earliest.
Insight: Clutterbuck wasn't much help to fantasy owners last season. In 42 games, he netted just four goals and six assists while carrying a rating of -5.
Jesse Joensuu, RW10/7/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Edmonton winger Jesse Joensuu is questionable for Monday's game against New Jersey with a strained back.
Insight: Joensuu's best point total is nine in 42 games therefore we can't recommend him for any fantasy help even when healthy.
Lubomir Visnovsky, D10/5/2013 10:21:00 PM
Description: Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky scored one goal and assisted another in his team's 3-2 loss to Columbus Saturday night.
Insight: Visnovsky had some family issues to work out before reporting to the Islanders following the lockout last season and he ended up scoring three goals with 11 assists in 35 games. THe 37-year-old is three years removed from his last big fantasy season (18 G, 50 A in 2010-11) but he's still a capable fantasy blueliner who should provide roughly eight goals and 35 points.
Michael Grabner, RW10/4/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Islanders right winger Michael Grabner had a hand in all three of his team's goals Friday at New Jersey.
Insight: Grabner scored two goals and had one assist to help the Isles win their season opener against the Devils 4-3 in a shootout. The 25-year-old had just five assists to go with 16 goals in 45 games last season. He hasn't been able to duplicate his 2010-11 production of 34 goals and 52 points in 76 games.
Travis Hamonic, D10/4/2013 11:28:00 AM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (upper body injury) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Nashville.
Insight: Hamonic was a decent fantasy defenseman averaging 25 points with 121 SOG from 2010-11, but posted just 10 points in 48 games last season. He's off to a slightly better start this season with six points in 18 games.
Kyle Okposo, RW10/1/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: Islanders winger Kyle Okposo will play with Matt Moulson and John Tavares on the top line to begin the season.
Insight: Okposo has gotten past an eye injury and should be ready for opening day. He scored just four goals last season and should be expected to do much better if he sticks with the top line all season.
Travis Hamonic, D10/1/2013 3:11:00 PM
Description: New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic (possible concussion) was on the ice for the Islander's practice, though he was wearing a non-contact jersey.
Insight: Hamonic was a decent fantasy defenseman averaging 25 points with 121 SOG from 2010-11, but posted just 10 points in 48 games last season.