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"Off The Post: Inching Closer to the Future"
Long Island, NY • United States • 25 Years Old • Male
What better way to score your first NHL goal than on one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time, Martin Brodeur? How about the fact it was the game winner with just under a minute or two remaining in regulation that ended a six game skid?

You can tell he felt all that and more with a smile that spread wider across his face than the hips of Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.

Kyle played a very sound game, contributing to the Isles first goal from Blake Comeau, who I have to say looks like he is really taking charge of his career. His hustle and play last night looked fantastic, appearing like a seasoned vet despite not even playing a full 82 games. But in addition to Kyle, he wasn't afraid to dig for the puck in the corners or even help separate a scrum. The kid is gradually taking his steps to feeling comfortable and was rewarded with a 2-point effort that helped win the game.

But the key word is 'gradual'. Yes, it was exciting to see him get down on one knee and rip a shot past Marty. I got two phone calls and a text message almost simultaneously once the shot went in on the powerplay with exclamations that our savior has arrived.

This very well could be true. But it's way too early to slam down the gavel. He's only 19 years old. He's only played two NHL games - we CAN'T forget all of this. He could go on to finish the season with only these two points. Do I want or think that? No, and hopefully he won't. But we have to remember he is still just getting his feet wet. He's only scored one NHL goal, so we have to sit back and take them as they come - gradually.

So hats off to Kyle for achieving something that's absolutely fantastic, and hopefully it is the first of many. If those other goals don't come in a hurry, I am definitely one fan that will be patiently waiting and looking forward to hopefully what will be known as the Okposo Era.
Filed Under:   Islanders   Okposo   Comeau   NHL  
March 22, 2008 9:23 PM ET | Delete
It is very easy to get excited about the kid. I agree that patience is necessary, but right now he's really the only thing going in the "gets me excited" department.
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