Didn't they learn their lesson with Josh Bailey? I guess they haven't. Here is a top 5 pick from 2010 NHL Draft and again they are screwing with another kid's development. Before the season started it looked like the Islanders wanted him on the 1st line with JT and Moulson, but he got hurt and gave Parenteau the chance to regain his 1st line status. A talent such as Nino should not be wasted on 4th line duty playing 9-10 Minutes a game. If after he was hurt and the team felt he wasn't ready for 1st or 2nd line duty then they should have sent him back to the Juniors. This is not Monday Morning Quarterbacking. I have said this during training camp also. Besides not getting enough ice time the Islanders have also put him in a no win situation. He has no talent around him. I figured when Cappi said Line changes were immanent I thought Nino would have been added to the 1st or 2nd line, but NOOOOOOO!!!! The Islanders put the biggest waste product on this team, Rolston, on 2nd line duty. I do not know what games Garth and Cappi are watching, but to say Rolston deserved a chance to move to the 2nd line, and have Prime Time PP duty, they must be out of their minds. To me he should be the daily healthy scratch.
I do not believe the Islanders have any clue of how to develop top endtalent. Unless you have a GREAT player, you should not have a player start right away in the NHL. Let them have all the time they can in the Juniors. Let them dominate and develop a winning attitude. I do not have a problem with giving a player a 9 game look and sending them back. If the Islanders were not happy with Nino's play, then they should have sent him back to the Juniors. Now its too late.
By having Nino wasted for only 9 minutes a game and on a line with no talent you are stunting this very talented kids growth. Bailey should have not played in the NHL until last season. he was rushed and now they made the same mistake with Nino. The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Way to go Garth!!!!!!!!