Friday, September 12, 2014

2014/2015 Islanders Predictions: Top 6 Forwards

Over the next month leading up to the start of the regular season, we will be giving our stat predictions for each Islander player.  Today we will be covering those who we believe will be part of the top 6 forwards on opening night:

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1) John Tavares

35 goals

60 assists

95 points

Tavares was on pace for the best season of his career before his Olympic injury last season.  I see no reason at all as to why he won't continue to build on that this season possibly eclipsing the 100 point mark.

2) Kyle Okposo

30 goals

50 assists

80 points

Last season, Okposo finally had the breakout season fans had been begging for, for a couple seasons.  With him now having residency on the right side of Tavares, I would be surprised if his stats saw anything except for an increase this season.

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3) Brock Nelson

20 goals

35 assists

55 points

Nelson is the early favorite to play left wing for Tavares and Okposo.  If he remains in that spot for a majority of the season I see no reason why he won't reach these numbers.

4) Nikolay Kulemin

18 goals

22 assists

40 points

Kulemin's numbers had suffered the last couple years after being put into a more defensive system in Toronto.  Moving here and being put back into a more offensive role will only do good things for him.

5) Mikhail Grabovski

20 goals

30 assists

50 points

If Grabovski is able to stay healthy which is something he has kind of struggled with in his career these numbers are reasonable for him.  Reuniting with his close friend Kulemin should only do positive things for him as well.

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6) Ryan Strome

16 goals

25 assists

41 points

If he is going to be with this team I think Strome will be on the right side of Kulemin and Grabovski to start with at least.  Strome was on pace for numbers similar to this last season so this should be realistic for him.

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