When the New York Islanders were so aptly named, ownership figured that they may as well have been called the Long Island Islanders with their ties all across the island just off the mainland of the rest of the state of New York. There isn’t a heck of a lot going on right now on the ice, but one of the announcements that was made is that, assuming that there is hockey by that point, the Isles are going to be moving to Brooklyn to the new Barclays Center for the 2015-16 campaign.
The 25-mile trek down the Belt Parkway keeps the Islanders on the Island, and it takes them out of a dilapidated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and puts them in the much cushier state of the art Barclays Center, which is just opening its doors this week to the Brooklyn Nets.
It’s going to be a sin to see the Coliseum go, knowing that this was the venue that saw so many magical moments when the Islanders won the Stanley Cup in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983. However, a failure to be able to upgrade the venue has really forced the team to move once its lease is up.
Though the Islanders haven’t been to the playoffs since 2007 and haven’t won a playoff series since 1992, they have a heck of a lot of young talent that they are going to be bringing with them to Brooklyn in all likelihood.
John Tavares will be in the prime of his career by the 2015-16 season move, and he is coming off of a season last year in which he led the team with 50 assists and 81 points. The top goal scorer, Matt Moulson will be 32 by them, but if he can keep this production up, he might still be a star. Parlay in there Pa Parenteau, Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, and so many of the other young up and comers on this team, and there is definitely hope that the Islanders will be great to make your NHL picks on when they move to Brooklyn in just a few seasons.