By now you know the names that the Islanders have to look forward to in their lineup of the future:
Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, Devon Toews, Eamon MacAdam, and Ryan Pulock to name a few. If you’re the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the future is now. If the way these guys are performing currently is any indication of how they will do in the NHL, the Islanders are going to be very good, for a very long time. The Islanders’ AHL affiliate is absolutely tearing up the league right now. The white hot Sound Tigers have won seven straight, and 15 of their last 16.
Not coincidentally, things really took a turn for the better as soon as Jaroslav Halak joined the team after being waived by the Islanders. The 31-year-old Slovak netminder has won 11 straight games as a Sound Tiger. In 16 games at Bridgeport, Halak is 13-1-2 with a 1.96 GAA and a .931 save percentage. Whether that boosts his trade value from zero to anything meaningful, remains to be seen.
But, it doesn’t end with Halak. The offense has also gotten into the action. The Tigers have score five goals in four of their last five contests. They have score five or more goals in a game 14 times this season. They outscored their opponents 13-5 this weekend alone. As far as individual players go, the results speak for themselves. Josh Ho-Sang had the best weekend of his career, tallying eight points (five goals, three assists) in three games. He had a career night last Friday with a goal and three assists. Michael Dal Colle had a pretty good weekend himself, putting up five points (one goal and five assists).
How about some offense from the defense? On February 13th, Ryan Pulock was named AHL Player of the Week. He put up three goals, three assists and had a plus-6 rating in four games for the period ending February 12th.
The Sound Tigers currently sit in third place in the Atlantic Division with 68 points. That’s nine points behind division leading Wiles-Barre Scranton Penguins with three games in hand.
Bridgeport is 8-1-0 in the month of February. They are 24-4-0-0 when logging the first goal this season.
The Isles future certainly looks bright.