About New York Islanders
The franchise was founded in 1972 and it only needed a couple of season to get on the tour of leaving a permanent mark in NHL history that started in 1974 with consecutive playoff appearances lasting to 1988.
In this period alone the Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cups between 1980 and 1983 and their 19 consecutive playoff series wins between 1980 and 1984 (where they finally came out of defeated to Edmonton Oilers in the Finals) is an unprecedented feat in history of professional sports.
These four championships remain the only ones that the franchise claimed. After the 70’s and 80s success the team started struggling and it was out of the playoffs more times than in. The last three seasons have seen some spark as the Islanders went into postseason twice.
The franchise has been part of Metropolitan Division in Eastern Conference since 2013 league’s realignment and the Islanders are yet to claim its title.
The team’s colours are royal blue, orange and white and their mascot is Honky the Car replacing the very famous and popular amongst Islanders fans, Sparky the Dragon that didn’t move with the team to their new arena.
The team’s head coach is Jack Capuano, former defence man who turned into coaching after his career mainly spent in AHL. He joined the franchise in 2005 as a coach assistant and made his way up becoming interim coach and then retaining his job 2011. He help to lead the team to their first postseason in 2013 their first visit in six years.
Slovakian goaltender, Jaroslav Halak has been with the team since the 2014. He joined the Islanders to being in some veteran experience after playing for nearly 10 seasons in few NHL teams. He got to work straight away setting the franchise’s records in consecutive wins and wins in a season.
The team’s captain is John Tavares who was drafted by the team in 2009 with overall first pick and he made an immediate impact within the team and league. Playing as the center he has a big impact offensively and he finished a runner up to Art Ross Trophy (most points scored in a season) in 2014-15.
He can compete with another young player, Brock Nelson who also plays as center, for the team’s leading position. Nelson was drafted by the franchise in 2010 and made appearances in NHL since 2012. He’s a player with plenty of upside and complements his teammate very well.
The Islanders seems to have capitalised well in draft on their recent poor performance in seasons and with some added veterans the team is ready to change its recent course to winning.