Islanders need Okposo to live up to hype

Islanders need Okposo to live up to hype

There are 24 comments on the Newsday story from Oct 8, 2008, titled Islanders need Okposo to live up to hype. In it, Newsday reports that:

You know Garth Snow 's Islander youth movement is in full swing when you meet Kyle Okposo, one of the poster boys of this the-kids-are-our-future theme to the season.

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FIRE WALLY

Madison, WI

#1 Oct 8, 2008
I can see 20-25 goals from Okposo, and he will join Stamkos and Turris in the running for the Calder
hated

Garden City, NY

#2 Oct 8, 2008
That's great (not directed at you Wally). Give this kid no time to develop and bury him under insane expectations. Hockey is a team game. How many assists is this team going to blow for him? He will be missing out on points all year.
4therecord

Belmar, NJ

#3 Oct 8, 2008
LETS GO ISLANDERS!!
Hmm

Taunton, MA

#4 Oct 8, 2008
The Isles better not hope he lives up to the hype because if he does, once free agency rolls around, this kid is outta here faster than you can say, "why did the lighthouse project fail?". I guess we just have to enjoy the three years the Isles have him under contract.
Jethro09

New York, NY

#5 Oct 8, 2008
Hmm wrote:
The Isles better not hope he lives up to the hype because if he does, once free agency rolls around, this kid is outta here faster than you can say, "why did the lighthouse project fail?". I guess we just have to enjoy the three years the Isles have him under contract.
Okposo is 20 years old so he's not a UFA until he's 25 or 26. He's going to be here at least for the next five seasons. I don't see him necessarily running out of here when he becomes a UFA. DiPietro didn't even allow himself to get to that point before locking himself in for the rest of his career. Guys like Long Island once they give it a fair chance. The same think probably will happen with Okposo.
transplanted Islander fan

Greenwood Lake, NY

#6 Oct 8, 2008
it's gonna be a loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggggg season.
transplanted Islander fan

Greenwood Lake, NY

#7 Oct 8, 2008
it's gonna be a looooooooooonnnnnngggggggg season.
transplanted Islander fan

Greenwood Lake, NY

#8 Oct 8, 2008
It's gonna be a loooooooooooooooooooong season.
RRL

Ridgewood, NY

#9 Oct 8, 2008
The Islanders need Okposo to live up to the hype? They need a LOT more than that, so let's not put it all on him.

First off, if what I read is correct, Gordon is going to be encouraging defensemen to pinch and jump into the offensive play more. What does that mean? DP is 1) going to have to remain healthy, 2) going to have to remember that the crease is his home, and 3) going to have to stop trying to make saves while laying on his belly or his back.

Secondly, the younger guys who have been with the Isles but have not produced are going to have to get their act in gear. I like Tambellini, but he's got to find a way to be more productive offensively. Same with Comeau, who's smart and works hard, but hasn't produced enough.

Thirdly, the PP, which was atrocious last year, is going to have to greatly improve. Hopefully, Streit can be a big help there.

This list can go on and on because the Isles have a lot to work on. Putting it all on Okposo is unfair and foolish.
Jim From St James

Mastic, NY

#10 Oct 8, 2008
I don't think they are putting all of this on his shoulders alone... Think about it, He scored more goals in 9 games than Hilbert does in a full season, so he's got the touch, I think there are more expectations on the wandering goalie, Comeu, and Tamby (TWEENER!!). Me, I like the idea of letting the kids sink or swim, then see what we can get for Silly, Comrie and Weight (keep Capt'n Billy) and goe into next season with the kids who made it plus some of this years picks, along with the couple of blue chips the team should be able to get from a contending team looking for an extra vet in the playoff... Think the pens would give up something good to have SIlly teach Crosby and Malkin how to win Faceoffs??( there only weekpoint )??. Finnally a plan better then throwing money at guys and hope they can still do it.
Rick DiPietro

Wilmington, DE

#11 Oct 9, 2008
FIRE WALLY wrote:
I can see 20-25 goals from Okposo, and he will join Stamkos and Turris in the running for the Calder
And I can see that you're dillusional-
Busey

Melville, NY

#12 Oct 9, 2008
Jethro09 wrote:
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Okposo is 20 years old so he's not a UFA until he's 25 or 26. He's going to be here at least for the next five seasons. I don't see him necessarily running out of here when he becomes a UFA. DiPietro didn't even allow himself to get to that point before locking himself in for the rest of his career. Guys like Long Island once they give it a fair chance. The same think probably will happen with Okposo.
actually under the CBA..rookie contracts are 3 year deals... they are trying to change it to 5 in the future..but the original poster was right.

Why do you think the Pens just extended Malkin? He was going to walk after this year if they didn't
Iceman

Washington, DC

#13 Oct 9, 2008
Busey wrote:
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actually under the CBA..rookie contracts are 3 year deals... they are trying to change it to 5 in the future..but the original poster was right.
Why do you think the Pens just extended Malkin? He was going to walk after this year if they didn't
Entry level contracts are 3 years but you cannot be a UFA until you are 27 or have 7 years of service (the new CBA set that limit for 2008). Players will be RFAs until that point.

http://proicehockey.about.com/od/thenewnhl/a/...
Busey

Melville, NY

#14 Oct 9, 2008
Iceman wrote:
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Entry level contracts are 3 years but you cannot be a UFA until you are 27 or have 7 years of service (the new CBA set that limit for 2008). Players will be RFAs until that point.
http://proicehockey.about.com/od/thenewnhl/a/...
yeah but thats irrevant..because if he is good, some team will throw a huge offer sheet at him....
Bobbay

Warwick, NY

#15 Oct 9, 2008
Did he actually say he'll "work his bag off"? And they printed that? Hysterical
Andy in CNJ

Shelter Island Heights, NY

#16 Oct 10, 2008
I think the NYI have more ex-owners in prison than playoff appearances and playoff series wins combined over the last 20 years. If they worked just as hard on winning hockey games as they do taking pictures and videos of players at malls and on the beach. You can't get away from it if you go to the website. Why don't the NYI just convert into a charitable 501c, that's what they sell us.
Are Isles laughing stock

Brooklyn, NY

#17 Oct 10, 2008
he looked brutal tonight. Seems like he can't skate, very choppy not smooth.
Whay happened to Ricky Poo ? They didn't want him booed at their opener tomorrow after losing either way tonight?
McDonald kept them in this game.
Isles 0-1
Rangers 3-0
Devils 1-0
Iceman

Washington, DC

#18 Oct 15, 2008
Busey wrote:
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yeah but thats irrevant..because if he is good, some team will throw a huge offer sheet at him....
It's not irrelevant, because if the Islanders were to match an offer sheet (in the case of Okposo) he'd have to sign with them since he is a RFA. That's pretty significant. But if he is really good, he won't even get to FA in the first place.

Whether entry levels are 3 or 5 years won't make a difference they will still become RFAs after their deal expires. The league needs to look at how teams throw ridiculous offer sheets at other teams players - a la Kevin Lowe on Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek.
Busey

Melville, NY

#19 Oct 15, 2008
Iceman wrote:
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It's not irrelevant, because if the Islanders were to match an offer sheet (in the case of Okposo) he'd have to sign with them since he is a RFA. That's pretty significant. But if he is really good, he won't even get to FA in the first place.
Whether entry levels are 3 or 5 years won't make a difference they will still become RFAs after their deal expires. The league needs to look at how teams throw ridiculous offer sheets at other teams players - a la Kevin Lowe on Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek.
that was kind of my point as to why it IS irrelevant...

If he is good, then some team will do that exact thing. Offer some crazy amount of money to him and there is no way in a million years that the Wanger would match it...
Iceman

Washington, DC

#20 Oct 15, 2008
I got ya, we'll have to agree to come up with another word beside "irrelevant". To me being restricted is a huge advantage for a team with the player being sought - whether your dolt of an owner is willing to match offers is another story. But I see what you are saying. I don't think Bettman has it in him to make any changes to that though, unless Lowe continues to "tamper" with the system and people team up with Burke.

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