BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Fielding one of the youngest rosters in the NHL last season, the New York Islanders enjoyed a bounce-back season in which they made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years. Their late-season run was sparked primarily by a young core that began to coalesce after a few years of grooming.
Looking to prove that 2012-13 wasn't a fluke, the Islanders might actually be getting younger.
"We've obviously got some great guys waiting in the wings that are going to be pushing guys. That's what's great about our organization. We've developed that depth and you've got guys knocking on the door every year and that really pushes guys on our team to be sure they're ready for camp," said John Tavares, who at age 22 is one of the NHL's youngest captains. "I wouldn't be surprised [if the team gets younger]. We have some great talent from the draft who did great in junior and in [the American Hockey League with] Bridgeport. Obviously we have some talent down there."