New York Islanders Information
The New York Islanders are based in Uniondale, New York. Since the birth of the franchise the Islanders have won four Stanley Cup titles, six Conference championships, and six Division titles.
After a very dismal 05-06 season, the Islanders looked to better their 36-40-6 record by presenting the fans attending the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum with a new and improved team. They went out and signed veteran defensemen Tom Poti and Brendan Witt. They also signed Mike Sillinger and Chris Simon to better their offense. This in turn helped the Islanders advance to the playoffs, only to lose in the Conference Quarterfinals to the Sabres in five games.
The Islanders failed to make it into the playoffs in 2008 and 2010. After three consecutive seasons under .500, the Islanders were able to select John Tavares first overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. Since claiming the #1 pick, the organization's ticket sales department has seen a "300-percent increase in phone calls and e-mail inquiries over last year at this time." This era from 2009 to present has been known as "The John Tavares Era."
The 2009-2010 season began slowly and they lost their first six games. John Tavares then scored a winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes but the team continued to play inconsistently. The team hit a hot streak, however, in early January 2010. This led the team to 3-games above the NHL-average .500 mark. Unfortunately, they ended their season 5.3.1 in the last nine games and failed to reach the playoffs by 9 points.
In the 2011-2012 season, Tavares scored a miraculous 31 goals and 51 assists which made him the seventh best in the league. He played on Team Alfredson in the 2012 NHL All Star Game and was named the Islanders' assistant captain. The season finished with the Islanders as 26th in the league. This earned them the right to pick 4th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft where they chose defenseman Griffin Reinhart.