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Islanders Bits: Nino's Progress; Mock Drafts; Best GMs?

Just as Kim Jung Il was looking at things (Google it), Nino Niederreiter is still working on things in the AHL.

Nice view.
Nice view.
Bruce Bennett

The New York Islanders won last night and even enjoyed the pleasure of some insurance goals. Revisit recaps of the 6-3 win from LHH | | Isles | HabsEOTP | Newsday | Montreal Gazette recap + post-game quotes | Inside/Out: Goaltending controversy? | Fun quotes from Radek in AP

NEW: Tavares on CBS Radio.

Nice feature during last night's intermission on Brock Nelson. If you missed it, I'd expect it to be on one of the official sites soon. Aside from the obvious Ryan Strome, Nelson is the Isles prospect I'm most excited about. Frans-like awareness, except with better size and scoring instincts. Will he work as an NHL center? Will the Isles be loaded up the middle?

Meanwhile, down in Bridgeport, Nino Niederreiter's scoring has tailed off in the second half (along with the rest of the team, which has been hit by NHL callups and injuries). The Connecticut Post has a story on his progress, including:

"He's (had) shifts where I kind of jump out of my seat, like, `wow,'" Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said.

"At times, there's still so much to work on. It's finding that consistency. Points are one thing. I just want consistency. If you do that, you're going to get rewarded."

Also on the farm, a line shuffle that re-unites the 2010 draftees Nino, Nelson, and Kirill Kabanov.