NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Several NHL teams made headlines with significant roster changes this summer, particularly in the Metropolitan Division.
But the New York Islanders are going to have a very similar look when they begin their 2015-16 season on Oct. 9 against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's a testament to the belief general manager Garth Snow has in the young core led by captain John Tavares, who will turn 25 during training camp.
Including Tavares, the Islanders could potentially have more than 10 players drafted by Snow since he began rebuilding them in 2008. And after a 101-point season that saw the Islanders fall two goals short of advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, several young players are expected to build off 2014-15.
"We have a lot of players that still have term on their contracts," Snow said. "We're looking for our younger players to take another step in the right direction, guys like Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Anders Lee … they're all good, young players that had quality seasons and they're just going to keep getting better."