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2005-06 Finish: 36-40-6, 10th West
General Manager: Garth Snow (1st Season)
Head Coach: Ted Nolan (1st Season)
2005-06 Goals For: 230
2005-06 Goals Against: 278
2005-06 Power Play: 16.9% (22nd)
2005-06 Penalty Killing: 79.2% (26th)
Points Leader: Miroslav Satan (66)
Goals Leader: Miroslav Satan (35)
Assists Leader: Mike York (39)

Offseason Moves: Signed centre Mike Sillinger, who had been with the Nashville Predators, to a three-year contract; signed defenceman Brendan Witt, who had been with the Nashville Predators, to a three-year contract; agreed to terms with centre Andy Hilbert, who had been with the Pittsburgh Penguins, on a one-year contract; signed forward Viktor Kozlov, who had been with the New Jersey Devils, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Tom Poti, who had been with the New York Rangers, to a one-year contract; signed left wing Chris Simon, who had been with the Calgary Flames, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Rick Berry, who had been with the Nashville Predators, to a one-year contract; signed goaltender Billy Thompson, who had been with the Ottawa Senators, to a one-year contract; signed defenceman Mark Wotton, who had been with the Washington Capitals, to a two-year contract; signed defenceman Sean Hill, who had been with the Florida Panthers, to a one-year contract.

Goaltending: Even with a career-high 30 wins, Rick DiPietro took a bit of a tumble last year after a breakout 2003-04 campaign saw him record a 2.36 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and five shutouts. But at age 25, there's still plenty of time to improve - oh, about 15 years to improve - and gain the all-star status that is expected of him. With Garth Snow retiring to become the team's general manager, Wade Dubielewicz moves up the depth chart to take the No. 2 spot in goal. He has three full seasons of AHL experience under his belt, with his best campaign in 2003-04 when he had a 20-8-5 record, 1.38 goals-against average and .946 save percentage with nine shutouts.

Defence: The Islanders need an established point man to run the offence from the blueline, and certainly have their share of candidates. Alexei Zhitnik is the leader of the bunch, but he's dependable only as long as he's on his game. The team hopes Brendan Witt will add some fire, but he's known more for taking the body and playing the physical game. Tom Poti adds size and has offensive upside, but hasn't come close to putting up career numbers since he tallied 48 points with the Rangers back in 2003. Veteran Sean Hill could be a short-term candidate, while Chris Campoli, only 22, could emerge into the role.

Forwards: When you think of the Islanders' offence, the first name that comes to mind is Alexei Yashin. The high-priced veteran hasn't averaged more than a point a game in a season or scored more than 35 goals since 2001, and having proven sniper Miroslav Satan at his side didn't exactly boost his numbers. The team also needs more scoring from its other lines. Forwards Jason Blake and Mike York put up solid totals, but the scoring takes a dip after that. Former Calder candidate Trent Hunter managed just 35 points last season, with checking forwards Shawn Bates and Arron Asham not far behind. Centre Mike Sillinger will be counted on for contributions after a career year that saw him score 32 goals and 63 points, while forward Viktor Kozlov had 25 points in 69 games with New Jersey last season and went eight for 12 in shootouts. Scoring relief could also come from forwards Jeff Tambellini and Robert Nilsson, who should improve in their first full seasons with the club.

Welcome to the NHL: The Islanders' development chart may take a hit this year, as defenceman Denis Grebeshkov and forward Sean Bergenheim signed to play with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian League. That may pave the way for centre Petteri Nokelainen to move up. Scouts say the Finnish forward is known for playing a smart two-way game.
 
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