Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the New York Islanders. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.
Summer Skate: New York Islanders
The Islanders were an exciting team to watch last season, fueled by an MVP-caliber season by John Tavares, an all-world player. With questions on the back end as well as in goal, it came as no surprise that each game of their playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins was high-octane hockey, but now the challenge for the Isles is to improve on that breakthrough campaign.
They will have to do so without captain Mark Streit, who is now with their division rivals in Philadelphia. But with the underrated Travis Hamonic locked up to a long-term deal, as well as the continued presence of No. 91, this team may be just a goaltender from perennial NHL success.
Trending up: F Kyle Okposo
Last season: 4.6 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 6.7