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Islanders News: Isles in spotlight; Salty Vesey takes; Panthers cubs

Sunday Funday was Islanders Day.

Now pay attention, young padawan
Now pay attention, young padawan
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Sunday was Islanders Day at and as per usual, Brian Compton and company did a very good job breaking down key issues and asking questions to players and coaches about the upcoming season that we want to know.

  • The big questions include, not surprisingly, how do they expect to replace the Danish Army Knife, Frans Nielsen? Capuano:

    "I think Brock [Nelson] down the middle is going to be a big factor for us, and I think Ryan Strome is probably going to get a chance now to move down the middle where we drafted him and where he's played most of his hockey. I look for big things out of Ryan."

  • Andrew Ladd factors heavily into's season preview, and he says new owner Scott Malkin's enthusiasm helped sell him on coming to the Islanders:

    Ladd said Malkin's message was simple: We're here to win. We're serious. Whatever is required to deliver a championship, the resources will be there. Join us.

    "He was extremely positive and extremely excited to be involved with the team," Ladd said, "and just what they could do and his interest level in making all that stuff happen. A lot of things go into winning a Stanley Cup, but they're definitely off to a great start."

  • A ranking of the Islanders' top five prospects already includes 2016 first rounder Kieffer Bellows.
  • A look at which Islanders will help and hurt your fantasy team this season.


  • The offseason changes won't sink in for John Tavares until training camp, according to John Tavares. [Newsday]
  • Catching up with vacationing dad and new No. 17 P.A. Parenteau. [Islanders]

Other stuff

  • The end of #VeseyWatch means the salty takes about his free agency can begin! Buffalo News columnist Mike Harrington says everyone came off bad from the episode, while Brian Burke compares NCAA players to "pimples on an elephant's butt" [PHT]. Okay, guys.
  • A cadre of former Panthers players, including Olli Jokinen, have opened South Florida's first year-round hockey academy. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Another #NHLMovieNight shows just how important social media is to hockey fans. [Mashable]
  • The Flyers have a Director of Sports Science, who is probably trying to sew several old Broad Street Bullies into one giant Frankenstein monster. [BSH]