Who would've thought that near season's end we would be discussing Sean Bergenheim and Kyle Okposo in a battle for leading the Islanders in the goal scoring department? Of course we can't forget Mark Streit, the very talented veteran defenseman who is only two goals shy from tying the previously mentioned.
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Although Streit is a defenseman, he definitely cannot be counted out of what I am assuming is a quietly spoken, friendly competition between two players that are at the center of the youth movmement. He has had an all-star year and is the only consistent scoring dman with his 46 points in 61 games.
Bill Guerin was the team-leader in goals with 16, but after his trade to Pittsburgh, Trent Hunter became the name at the top of the list. However, after Sean's hat-trick with .7 seconds left in the game vs. New Jersey (and Hunter becoming sidelined the rest of the year due to injury), Bergie quickly put himself in a tie for the team lead. The following game against the Coyotes, Okposo put up another impressive tally that threw him right back in it.
After the Devils game, Stan Fischler jokingly asked Kyle what it will take for Sean to get as good as him. Okposo laughed and shrugged off the joke, stating that Sean has been playing great hockey as of late and that they were all happy for him to score that hat trick. There's no doubt that the core of this team is starting to come together as the veterans have begun to depart, whether it be due to trade, injury, or demotion. And what is the result? A team that is starting to win with it's younger players producing points while playing much more competitive hockey.
So who is going to take the team lead in goals by game 82? Kyle Okposo? Sean Bergenheim? Or will the veteran from the blue line anchor his way to the top?
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