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PART TWO: Taking The Reigns: What To Expect From The NHL’s Newest Captains

By Skylar Peters
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New York Islanders: John Tavares

Sep 21, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck during the first period against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

The ‘Shoes To Fill’: Mark Streit

Mark Streit was another player in a long list of Islanders’ captains that had a short term wearing the ‘C’. The Islanders haven’t had a really successful captain since Dennis Potvin, all the way back in 1987. However, Streit made an impact in his three years as Captain, and is credited with being the calming veteran presence on a very young, energetic team. Defensively, they lost a very underrated blue-liner, however, leadership shouldn’t be a problem in replicating.

Short-Term Goals:

The Islanders are on the rise, after a 2013 season that saw them make the playoffs for the first time in 2007. The Islanders snuck into the post-season as an eighth seed, and had a very tough draw facing the Pittsburgh Penguins first round, eventually losing in six games, but surprising many along the way with a good fight put up. With good off-season moves, the Islanders roster will rely on the same players to contribute nightly, but have upgraded the supporting cast greatly. Next on the agenda for New York is a playoff series win; They have not done that in 21 years.

Long-Term Goals:

The Islanders are not in the same conversation as some of the NHL’s elite clubs, but could be there soon. With a great young team backed by solid management, the moves they make in the near future will greatly affect the success of the next five or six years. John Tavares’ talent is one of the best in the league, and as long as there are players that can skate with him, everything should fall into place. After adding some needed grit in the summer, upgrading the blue-line is the next step. After that, the Islanders will be ready to take the league by storm.