This award is for the young players that have played for a few years but so far not live up to their potential. While watching the Islanders and Panthers play live at the Bank Atlantic Center, I thought about this.
The Islanders are building this team with only young players. They are not spending the money to bring top free agents here. They are willing to give their own young players longterm contracts like:
All of the Islanders young players are not going to be stars or servicable NHL players. They are going to miss on a few. We also know there will be some players who will also not progress to their potential and or they will be dropped by the Islanders and have better careers on a different team.
This award is for the player that the Islanders think will be a good player but, only shows BRIEF glimpses of his ability on the Ice. Tambi would show for 3 games how good he could be and then fall off the face of the earth for weeks on end.
So far there are 3 current Islanders that are showing signs of becoming a new Tambi.
2nd Runner Up - Kyle Okposo - In 2008/2009 at the beginning of the season he was on the line with Moulson and JT. He was playing well and the line clicked. Gordon to bring more scoring on different other lines moved Okposo to a different line. It was a mistake and until he was reunited with Moulson and JT at the end of the season his numbers dropped drastically. Last season he was on the injured list for more than 1/2 the season and it took him another 10 - 15 games to get going. Once he did the 2nd line was very dangerous. Now this season he is invisible. Will he become that 2 way power forward that we expect and he looked like or will he be at best a 3rd line and PK winger.
1st Runner Up - Blake Comeau - Streaky that is the best way to describe this player. He goes on tears and then is invisable for just as long. He scored 24 goals last season but this season he is nowhere to be found. It is so bad that Cappi has made him a healthy scratch for Gillies. Will the real Comeau stand up?
Winner - Josh Bailey - I have been defending him I believe he was rushed into the NHL way too soon. This is his 4th season now he needs to produce. He more than any other player on this team has to prove himself. If he doesn't by the trade deadline it is time the Islanders cut their losses.
All 3 of these players look horrible and lost and must turn it around. It is very early in the season and they can and better turn it around or it is going to be a very long season.