First off, the Islanders are no $%#&show...they're really good. And very well coached. Along with Terriers, Eagles, and MFR, the best in the league. Second, the Flames are very talented. They can beat any of those teams. The 09 division is very tough. No dominant teams. Lots of very close games. Somebody mentionned the Kings, they won 2 games last year, brought in a new coach and some better talent and they'll win 8-10 this year. The only bad team is Bandits and you know Poti is gonna get players and improve.
Islanders org only cares about the Elite teams and there’s a slim chance of making those teams unless tour God. Look elsewhere !
Know from a reliable source there is spots
My son is a Flame but not those years. In my experience by the time you get to the official tryout period there are very few spots left. Kids have already been skating at practices. Coach knows who is being cut. Most of the team will be built by then.