Well folks, it's that time of year again.... the weather takes a turn for the worse as the coldness arrives (depending on where you live), the leaves change colors... oh and something called hockey returns!

The Islanders are out to prove that last years playoff run, albeit in a shortened season, was not a fluke and with the additions of Cal Clutterbuck, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Peter Regin, I believe that the Islanders will build upon their recent success. I don't just believe that as a fan but as a journalist as well.  This team has some great talent and is primed to make this year a special one, especially with re-signed players such as Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and Evgeni Nabokov.  Which leads us to the main purpose of the post...the lack of a captain, which was by vacated by Mark Streit when he was traded to the Flyers for a pick and prospect.  

It has been reported today by Arthur Staple of Newsday that John Tavares will become the new leader and captain of the Islanders.  John is more then deserving of this honor as he has shown leadership, dedication, hard work and loyalty to the team and the fan base since he arrived in 2009. Once Streit left it became inevitable that the face of the franchise would soon become the next captain of the team.  

A leader or captain does not necessarily have to be the most vocal person but can also lead by example.  John Tavares will be the Islanders captain for the rest of his career and will help bring the Stanley Cup back to the Island and to Brooklyn when they move.