With the NHL in its third lockout in 20 years, one of the teams hurting most by the lockout is the New York Islanders. The Islanders fielded the 10th youngest team last season with a combined average age of 26.704 years old. This would have been the most critical season since they made their last playoff appearance in 2007. With the now impending move to Brooklyn and loads of young talent on the roster this would have been the year to see what they have before making the move. Without the NHL, a handful of young Islanders took elsewhere to showcase their talents.
Although he is already a proven All-Star, John Tavares is still a 22-year-old. He followed captain Mark Streit over to the Swiss League where he is tearing it up, playing for AC Bern, leading the team with 35 points in 22 games. Out of the 35 points, 14 of them are goals good for second on the team. It is good to see Tavares lighting up the scorecard even if it’s against less than NHL skilled opponents.
Taken with the 5th pick overall in the 2011 draft, Ryan Strome has been nothing short of impressive. He looked to be a lock to make the team this year out of training camp, however, since there has yet to be a game played this season, Strome returned to the OHL for his final season of eligibility. He was recently named the OHL player of the month, and achieved it by putting up another monster season. In 46 games he has lit the lamp 30 times and has 38 assists. If all plans out he will be anchoring the second line behind Tavares for years to come.