Patience. It’s such a simple word. It can be defined as an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Since this entire rebuild started, Garth Snow has preached patience. He went through this rebuild in the same manner Bill Torrey went through the building of the Dynasty of old, through the draft with smart choices.
Garth has acquired the right pieces through the draft. He has drafted two potential #1 goalies in Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson. We now have that big body on the blue line so many fans have wanted in Scott Mayfield and Andrey Pedan. We have amazing depth up front in Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, Kirill Kabanov, Kirill Petrov, and Brock Nelson, just to name a few. The list goes on and on with the number of players we have in our system that can make a big impact on this team.
Herein lies the issue, these players are just prospects. Some may go on to become Hall of Famers, All-Stars and maybe even see their names hanging from the roof of Nassau Coliseum while others may drop into anonymity and never pan out, ex. Robert Nilsson. These players are taking the time to develop properly with the hopes of one day becoming those All Stars. Garth and Co have preached “Patience” from the beginning. They stated it would take time for these players to make it to the big time.
If anything, I feel that many fans are being anything but patient. Before you come charging down my throat with accusations of being nothing but patient, think about it for a second; it seems that every minor detail or change that comes along is analyzed into oblivion. There are some “fans” that seem to hate every move this organization makes, sometimes calling it a “Mickey-Mouse Organization” (I’ve seen that from numerous people on different message boards, forums, etc.) People booing Rick Dipietro, a man who has done nothing but love this team and organization since he was drafted, is classless. We demand so much from these players, this organization, that anything less than perfection is unacceptable.
I realize I may have rambled a little during the above paragraph, but I believe that we, as fans of the New York Islanders, need to practice patience. I feel that we need to take a step back, look as how things are looking across the entire league, how our prospects are developing, before we make any leaping accusations on how this team should be run. A couple days ago, Nobody77 posted a fan post asking if any of us here at Lighthouse Hockey believe we would be able to run this team fan post here. The overwhelming majority of people who commented believed they wouldn't be able to run this team any better than it is being run right now.
We need to relax. While this team might not be the greatest one ever assembled, and we may not like how things are going right now, let Jack, Garth, and Charles take care of it. Be patient, our time will come. All the negativity coming from fans can only hinder what this team is trying to accomplish. So take a step back, stop criticizing every little detail, and just be patient.
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