For the next two weeks CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Atlantic Division. Today: New York Islanders
20011-12 Record: 34-37-11, 79 points
Where they finished: 5th in Atlantic; 14th in East; 27th in NHL
Coach: Jack Capuano, 3rd season
Key arrivals: D Lubomir Visnovsky, RW Brad Boyes, RW Eric Boulton, D Matt Carkner
Key departures: RW P.A. Parenteau, LW Jay Pandolfo, D Steve Staios, G Al Montoya
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes
Josh Bailey - Ryan Strome - Kyle Okposo
David Ullstrom - Frans Nielsen - Michael Grabner
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton
Marty Reasoner - Jesse Joensuu
Mark Streit - Travis Hamonic
Lubomir Visnovsky - Andrew MacDonald
Matt Donovan - Matt Carkner
Evgeni Nabokov - Rick DiPietro
Our Take: The Islanders will miss the offensive production of P.A. Parenteau, who finished third on the club last season with 67 points, and the veteran leadership of Jay Pandolfo. But Brad Boyes is capable of 20 or more goals and John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo keep getting better. The Isles are still a question mark on defense, especially if Lubomir Visnovsky successfully vetoes his trade from Anaheim. And will goalie Rick DiPietro ever amount to anything more than a 67.5 million backup?
Offseason grade: C
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.
Projected finish in the East: 13th
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