Being a 24 year old lifelong Islanders fan (whose family has had season tickets since day 1), most of my Islanders memories have consisted of videos of the glory days, a couple great players (Turgeon, Palffy), terrible seasons with a terrible GM, Shawn Bates, and today's potential. I am concerned that Snow has begun to read from the Mike Milbury book: How to be a NHL GM for Complete and Total
Let's review Snow's recent moves:
Snow has now traded a 'cheap' top 6 potential forward with size for a bottom 6 forward (who costs more money) and has plateaued in potential.
Snow traded a 30 goal scorer, a first round pick, and a second round pick for a 30 goal rental.
This team is not on the brink of a Stanley Cup; rather it is on the brink of making the playoffs. If not for an amazing run to close out last season, the Islanders would have had another top 10 draft pick. The Islanders are in no position to sell assets for rental players.
The Islanders bottom 6 is serviceable. I enjoy watching them play, but the Islanders lack true skill outside Tavares, Grabner, Vanek, and Nielsen (debatable regarding offense). This team does not have the depth or the skills of teams like Chicago or Boston. In order to get to that point the Islanders need to hold onto their assets and/or make the RIGHT trades.
The Islanders areas of weakness in order of priority are defense, goalie, top 6 forward with size. The Islanders' recent moves have done nothing to address these areas (Vanek has size, but does not use it), instead they removed a piece of the puzzle; a forward with top 6 potential and size.
Why is Peter Regin playing? I would rather see Strome grow at the NHL level. Regin does not add value to the team. Does PMB even play, I rarely notice him on the ice…
I am beginning to question Snow’s ability to build a cup winning team. Somebody needs to steal Snow’s cell phone and remove Milbury’s phone number before it’s too late.