Woeful Isles To Give Kolnik A Shot

By Jonathan Litterine
The New York Islanders are supposed to be better then they are
As everybody knows when things don’t go right roster moves are made. It
now Juraj Kolnik’s turn. The former Rimouski Oceanic Star is due to make
NHL Debut against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 29. Kolnik who just
turned 20 on November 13th is a childhood friend of Islanders defensemen
Branislav Mezei. Both grew up in Nitra,Slovakia. Kolnik is hoping to
duplicate the success of former Rimouski grads Vincent Lecavalier and
Richards, both are currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since
98-99 Kolnik has had 190 points in 109 QMJHL games. He has split time
year with Lowell and Springfield of the American Hockey League. Kolnik
is a
amazing offensive player with great skills. His problem is defense. He
has a
one track mind, offense and nothing else. The Islanders can’t score and they give up too many
goals. If
Kolnik can help them in any form the Islanders will be thrilled. Yet
alone can’t put them in the playoffs. The Islanders need a lot of help.
General Manager Mike Milbury can get them help in some trades.