With the season only days away, Elite Sports NY brings to you the official New York Islanders 2016-17 season preview and predictions.

The New York Islanders are coming off of the organization’s most important offseason in nearly two decades.

For the first time in 23 years, the franchise made the jump and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

The question remains: After three key departures and three signings to replace them, are the Islanders ready to make that jump from a regular playoff team to a Stanley Cup Contender?

With the season starting this Thursday against the New York Rangers at MSG, there’s reason to have hope in Brooklyn and on Long Island.

Join us as we preview the 2016-17 New York Islanders season:

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.