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NCDC 2019-20 Team Previews: P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com, 09/09/19, 8:45PM EDT

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P.A.L. Jr. Islanders

2018-19: 14-31-4-1

 

Outlook: The P.A.L. Jr. Islanders will not take any day lightly during this 2019-20 season, not while Head Coach Michael Marcou is around. The Jr. Islanders - and especially those veterans returning this year - got a good look at just how hard it is to compete in the NCDC last year. 

“I think this season will be an improvement, with the guys coming in and leadership coming back,” said Marcou, who enters his first season as an NCDC coach. “It’s all about being relentless with your work ethic, on and off the ice. If you have that, you’ll reach your goal.” 

Top returning veterans: With Devin Kasperek (24 points) and Liam Donelan, the Islanders start strong on defense, while at the forward ranks, Brian Vandelinder (28 points) and Spencer Korona put in strong full seasons last year. Ryan Willett and Artem Buzoverya were both prolific in limited games with P.A.L. last season, and both return for a full season.  

Top newcomers: Defenseman Bobby Staring won a USHL 18U championship last season, and was a great two-way contributor. 

Forwards Alex Konovalov, Keitaro Yasodu and Devin Moran should make big impacts, along with Adam Bricker, who returns to the P.A.L. after previously playing in 2017-18.