Dobber Offseason Fantasy Grades: New York Islanders

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2015-09-04

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – NY Islanders

 

For the last 12 years over at The Hockey News, I have reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. Now that I am no longer with THN, my 13th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.

Enjoy!

 

GoneColin McDonald, Matt Donovan, Michal Neuvirth, Griffin Reinhart, Eric Boulton, Matt Carkner, Tyler Kennedy, Lubomir Visnovsky

 

IncomingThomas Greiss

 

Impact of changes – Stay the course. And as well they should. This young team is deep at all positions, with top prospects on the way at the forward and defense. And the Islanders can take their time with those prospects because the rebuilding was done patiently and thoroughly. Now they are set up to run a steady conveyor belt of prospects into the lineup year after year, the way Detroit has done it so well over the past two decades.

So you'll see a lot of the older players and/or spare parts being let go, and the rest of the team will move forward. Assuming those rumors of re-signing Visnovsky are untrue…

 

Ready for full-time – This is the year I would consider acquiring Michael Dal Colle in two of my three keepers. He's not ready for the jump this season, but in 2016-17 he will be. And I knew that was the kind of wait I was looking at, which is why I had no interest in him last year (I don't like waiting more than a year on prospects, because far too often one year becomes two…which implies that two can easily become three). So keep this in mind about Dal Colle and any other first-round pick in the foreseeable future.

(Scouting report on Dal Colle here)

Kirill Petrov looked as though he was a KHLer for life, but the Isles finally got the big power forward to come across, hinting that he had a strong shot at making the big club. As things stand today, Petrov would be the 14th forward unless he leapfrogs freque