Okposo Staying Positive After Olympic Snubbing

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — For the second time in a row, Kyle Okposo will not be donning a Team USA jersey at the Olympics. And, just like the rest of the hockey world, Okposo learned of the bad news while watching Wednesday’s Winter Classic on television.

Okposo was obviously disappointed with the decision, but he is trying to use it as a positive to motivate him the rest of the NHL season.

okposo“You want to use it in the right way, a positive way,” he said. “I’m gunna keep going. Keep playing my game and I want to continue to get better. To improve, to grow my game and that’s what I’m going to look to do in the second half of the season.”

The 25-year-old St.Paul, Minnesota native has been having a strong season for the Islanders. In 41 games, Okposo has 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) and is just second in points among American players. The only American with more is Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.

Line mate, and Islander captain, John Tavares thought Okposo deserved to be on the American roster heading to Sochi.

“I think [Okposo] has played tremendous for us this season and I think you’ve seen a lot of growth in his game,” Tavares said. ” I believe he deserves to be on that team. I think some of those other countries are going to be pretty lucky they don’t play against him over there.”

Okposo said that it was, “a little bit frustrating” that some people believe he can’t handle the larger ice surface, which is apparently one of the reasons why he wasn’t selected for the team.

“That’s  their opinion,” Okposo said, when asked about the topic. “I think I’ve proven myself on the big sheet in college and I’ve had a lot of international experience playing World Championships with them. That’s their view point and that’s OK.”

The unofficial second half of the NHL season begins Thursday night against the Blackhawks and Islander coach Jack Capuano believes Okposo will continue his strong play into the new year.

“Just knowing the way he is, he’s going to continue to battle hard,” he said.

23 comments
firecappy
firecappy

Bottom line is if KO played for one of the GMs on the committee then he would have been a lock.  

David Falotico
David Falotico

This kid is gutless.. He won't fight on or off the ice..

Rich Colacino
Rich Colacino

Apparently Team USA is not trying to win.....picking those 2 Ranger stiff fowards over Okposo....not being a homer, look at the numbers and watch the games. Not a GM in the league would pick overrated Callahan or Stepan over Kyle......I have always been amazed at how much credit Callahan gets for wearing the "C". He's a 3rd/4th line player who has 6 assists all season. The only reason the Rangers win games is they have the best goalie in the world!....frickin Callahan has 21 assists in his last 71 games.....wow thats leadership. He's also a career minus player despite having the best goalie in the world behind him. He's a complete joke as a selection over Okposo.

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

Isles offered tickets to any other weekday game in exchange for all fans with tickets to tonights game it doesn't matter if they go to tonights game or not.   I'm sure all the die hard Wang and front office haters will find a way to spin this into a negative.

Jersey Steve
Jersey Steve

Our team sucks.....and no I'm not talking about the Islanders.

Vicp73
Vicp73

i predict Okposo 2 goal night!!

orange2327
orange2327

Let's get em boys!! Cmon!! JT KO TV etc!!

puckdad99
puckdad99

How about a Game Day report: Islanders vs Blackhawks?

cournoyer
cournoyer

Burke  dislikes Islanders.  KO collateral damage. Bobby Ryan though, really?

Hope the Islander left the  "awe factor" home tonight

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@firecappy Or if he played for one of the big money makers in the league instead of the laughingstock.  

snostorm
snostorm

@Rich Colacino Agree no way Stepan gets the nod over KO but Callahan when healthy is a gamer.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@Rich Colacino Nonsense.  A tournament is not the regular season.   Okposo has been an underachiever until his run this year.  I wanted him to make the team, but completely understand why he didn't.  Callahan and Stepan play for a team that makes the league a lot of money.  They've played under a big spotlight, Okposo never has.  Is it fair, probably not.  Is it understandable, absolutely.

orange2327
orange2327

Definately not stepan !! Stepan gets the call over Ryan/KO??? No frikin way!!

orange2327
orange2327

BTW- Most major pro sports teams would likely do the same!! Don't make him out to be a saint!!

orange2327
orange2327

Very nice!! Now let's see home hire a legit GM/COACH!! not a career backup goalie and an unqualified AHL level coach!!

dkdk
dkdk

And when half the seats are empty most nights giving out some freebies isn't a huge deal. Spend on some talent and hire competent people and then people will actually start paying for tickets again.

dkdk
dkdk

Hire some scouts too would be nice.