07 November 2009
While we all nurse our World Series hang over’s, iv started to contemplate what the return of Rick Dipietro will really mean for the Islanders. I mean he’s just their franchise player (well at least he used to be, he’s been demoted to franchise goalie.)
Drafted in 2000, the Boston College protégé was picked up at the cost of losing Roberto Luongo (for better or worse) and has had solid career when healthy. Including representing his country in the 2006 Winter Olympics and playing in the 2008 All Star Game.
2008 Would also be the start of a long stint of injuries for the All Star.
I also don’t think it’s coincidental that the Islanders don’t play as well as when DP is in fully healthy. In the three and a half seasons Dipietro was healthy, the Isles made the play offs twice and in the 2007-2008, the Islanders were in the playoff hunt up until March.
In his two best seasons as an Isle, he post a .911 save percentage along with a 2.36 goals against average and .919 save percentage and 2.58 goals against average.
when healthy Dipietro is an All Star caliber net minder and the Islanders performance when he starts shows it. The 2009-2010 Islanders are a team with plenty of potential, which was highlighted during their four game win streak.
The wait is on now to see when/if Ricky comes back between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday and if he’s still the same all star caliber net minder we all remember. Only time will tell, but if history is any indication and Dipietro is healthy, the Islanders chances of success this season greatly increase.
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