In a spectacular display of SIM non-cooperation, the New York Islanders have gone on a 5 game winning streak at the worst possible time, falling from a 4th or 5th overall pick to a 9th with a game left to play. 

Beginning in Columbus on April 13th, high-scoring forward Jacob Larsson managed to put the puck past Semyon Varlamov to seal an overtime victory.  The winner followed improbable goals by two other offensive powerhouses, Jayson Megna and Jeremy Lauzon.

The team then traveled to Winnipeg where another highly rated scorer, Janne Kuokkaonen (54SC) exploded for a hat trick, again proving that you cannot fool the SIM. 

Not to be outdone, Marcus Johannson (another 54SC wunderkind) buried two goals against SuperKev and his Sabre-rattling squad.  Kuokkanen sealed the deal again, potting the game winner in overtime.

After flying home to meet the Maple Leafs, the dynamic duo managed to keep the pick-killing streak rolling when Johannsen punched two power play goals past Jonathan Bernier and, not to be outdone, Kuokkanen broke free to pot a shorthanded goal as well.  Without a single player in the plus category, the Isles pushed past the Leafs further weakening the draft situation.

Yet another night of silliness came to Florida on Monday evening, albeit a predictable one.  After a pre-game ceremonial book-burning at center ice, the Islanders scored the final 3 goals to overcome the Panthers, chasing Jacob Markstrom from the net early in the third period.  This time, defensemen Jeremy Lauzon and Noah Juulsen put the finishing touches on a 6-4 victory.  To cap things, all three stars of the game were Panthers!! 

With one game remaining, the Islanders sit alongside the Maple Leafs with a possible 9th overall pick in the upcoming draft.

O Tempora O Mores!!