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Isles other 2009 first-rounder de Haan wants to stick around

Dec 1, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

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New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan has been waiting awhile to get his chance to prove he can stick in the NHL. He was their second first-round pick in 2009 as some guy named John Tavares went first overall that year.

Now that he’s gotten called up and played against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, he’d like to seize the opportunity as Arthur Staple of Newsday shares.

“I like to think I’m a realist, so I think [staying in Bridgeport this season] was the plan,” de Haan said Saturday morning. “But I’m here and I want to make the most of it.”

De Haan played in place of Radek Martinek against the Caps last night and got a healthy 20:07 of ice time. It was just his second career game in the NHL after making his first appearance December 15, 2011. Given the Islanders’ problems all over the ice this season, the time is ripe for de Haan to stake a claim to a regular spot in the lineup.

  1. RoseTintedVisor - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Wasnt bad at all! Great break out passes and good reactions to pressure in his own zone, lots of poise with the puck.

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  2. tjvalley - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Right now we would take anything that can help keep the puck out of the net!!!

  3. bcisleman - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Many were disappointed in De Haan’s drafting, wanting Kassian instead. He nearly proved them wrong by making a good case for a roster spot in his draft year. Since then, he has been plagued by injuries but has persevered. Good object for Nino if he is paying attention from Minnesota (where I hear his TOI has been limited). If this is not to be a playoff year, hopefully there will be a sorting out of who belongs in the core and who doesn’t.

    • logicalcomment - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Pray Garth Snow isn’t the one “sorting out”

  4. mattymarts17 - Dec 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    There’s no denying he’s got the talent to play at this level, if he could just string together a healthy season…

  5. neeza06 - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    funny how quick everyone thinks snow is the worst GM in the NHL. Im not gonna give him an executive of the year award or anything (although people for get he already has one) but he had absolutely nothing to work with when he came here and has done pretty well patiently building a contender and rebuilding. His first season was the only season he had money and a chance to win and he made great deadline deals including ryan smyth. Not his fault free agents still preferred less money than to play in the coliseum. ( Smyth and Ehrhoff) Since then hes been dedicated to the rebuild and handcuffed with a limited budget. the only young prospects he had were macdonald, okposo and nielsen. All of whom already graduated to the NHL at that point anyway. Since then he has done very well in the draft. Bailey, Martin, Cizikas, Tavares, Nelson and Hamonic are already at the very least every day NHLers (obviously Tavares is a superstar but people forget their was legit arguments for duchene over him for the 1 pick. Duchene lookds like a human highlight reel now but no denying Tavares is a better fit for this franchise and has done more with less). And he still has a ton of prospects on top of that which gives us a top 5 farm system. De haan and Donvan both look to be close to being contributors and obviously we have a ton of young talent in the AHL and CHL that are all his players ( Strome, Lee, Reinhart, Pulock, Pokka, Pedan, Pelach, Mayfield). He even Drafted Jared Spurgeon who refused to sign- again not his fault.

    Hes also signed all these islanders fan favorites from the scrap heap and recognied talen when no one wanted em in mouslen streit and grabner (islanders fans have since gotten carried away with how good these players actually are but again thats not his fault) Hes Signed his young propects to amazingly cap friendly deals in Tavares, Hamonic and Okposo.

    Now we get one taste of an 8 seed in a lockout shortened season and we think hes managed this team horribly since hes been here. If you dont like the Vanek trade fine but if Vanek resigns its a win in my book (or if we just trade him for picks back in a worst case scenario). We need to show real superstar free agents want to play here and thats the start. I do not have a problem with this trade right now and people need to wake up if they actually believe that still have moulsen would fix our defense and goaltending.

    As far as the defense goes this year Snow decided to pass up on an extremely week free agent class and try to fill the holes internally until a much stronger class is available next year. Obviously its backfired and injuries havent helped but their is not some magical lock down defensemen out there that he passed on bringing in this year.

    all this being said he is not perfect but no GM is. He needs to take blame for how he handled the Niederreiter situation. niederreiters bad attitude about it or not half the blame is Snow. Communication broke down somewhere with him and then snow just turned his back and then even worse dumped him for a player i like but whom we dont really need in clutterbuck. Also their were a top of interesting young number 1 caliber goalies last year who moved around in schneider bernier bishop and Mason and he didnt try to grab one and he didnt bring in an any good backups like a khudobin or greiss maybe. Nilsson still has some upside as a prospect and snow has always mentioned Koskinen as in the mix as well (he still owns his rights along with Petrov. the latter of whichis a strong possibility to join the team next year) and koskinen has been good in the KHL this year, but they are too far away to not have more aggressively addressed the goaltending for the next few years at least.
    Also it amazes me that he hasnt fired Capuano yet. He better just be taking sunday off to watch football then firing him in the morning.

    If you read all this I appreciate it its mostly just venting but all in all I truely believe islanders fans jumped the gun by a year on where we are in our rebuild. I would have liked to have seen some improvement and its not over yet but also missing the playoffs does not completely destroy what we have going(but it sure doesnt help) Tampa is a team thats been in a similar position as us and they are bouncing back nicely after regressing last year. (mostly cause of Bishop)
    Snow at least deserves a shot at the big 2014 free agent class to try to complete this rebuild before being fired and even if he gets canned in the next 2 years and someone else turns this team into a contender hes gonna do it using a core of snows players.

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