- Ex-Islander but still Islanders property David Ullstrom was released from his KHL team, HC Lokomotiv. It was a mutual decision between player and team but no reason as to why had been given. Ullstrom had 4 points in 18 games so far this season. The Islanders still hold his NHL rights thanks to a qualifying offer over the summer.
- Another such player is Mikko Koskinen. Minor note but wanted to update our story on Koskinen from earlier this season. The Islanders confirmed to Point Blank that they do still hold his NHL rights. Koskinen is the best goalie in the KHL right now with a .952 SVP. Of course that doesn't mean he would instantly have the same success in the tougher NHL (there are a few NHL flameouts with big Russian numbers as well). More importantly, he has a 2-year deal in the KHL so the Islanders likely would not be able to bring him over until summer 2015.
- From Elliotte Friedman's latest?30 Thoughts column: "24. In doing some research on Dylan Olsen, acquired by Florida in the Versteeg trade, I heard an interesting story, although its accuracy is in question. The story goes that, a couple of years ago, the Blackhawks and New York Islanders discussed a deal involving Olsen and Frans Nielsen, only to have it fall apart over the inclusion of draft picks. Both teams claim the story is "a total fabrication" and normally I wouldn't include it. But I decided to only because I got to thinking, could you imagine Chicago with Nielsen on the roster, too? Yikes."
In a Swedish interview, Ullstrom says that it was a hard decision and hopes this will be good for his development. He also stated that he wanted a one-way contract but the team was not willing to give him that.
Ullstrom, 24, had 5 points in 20 regular season games this past year plus an assist in three games during the playoffs.
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The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.
Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer: