As the new season is fast approaching LHJMQ.qc.ca took a few minutes to chat with the Isles’ GM and head coach Jim Hulton.
The Islanders were all in last season, making a few big moves to try to win the franchise’s first President Cup. Is that also the mindset for 2017-18?
“We have to be realistic with ourselves since we are in a bit of a rebuild and reload stage. I don’t think we will be nearly as aggressive at the deadline with additions. The reality is that we are a younger club this year and it will be more of a teaching environment. This is a core group we will be looking to build on for a couple of seasons moving forward.”
How big of a factor was your arrival as head coach/GM in the Islanders’ dominant season of a year ago?
“It was a culmination of a lot of factors. First and foremost, we had a lot of talent. We had a hardworking group that in the first half that probably overachieved which put us in a position where we could make a move. The other factor was how for a couple of seasons this team was built around players born in 1997, with guys like Daniel Sprong, Filip Chlapik, etc. We thought that gave us a unique opportunity to make the most of it and reward our loyal fan base. We made some aggressive moves and we have no regrets.”
The 2017-18 season will be a success for the Islanders if…
“This year, the goals against column is going to be a big thing for us and something we are going to be watching closely. We are going to have to be somewhere in the sub-200 range. And success for us will be for us to be a middle of the pack playoff team this year.”