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season with a fresh cast. With a healthy Tavares back at the fore-
front, the Islanders added veteran forwards Mikhail Grabovski and
Nikolai Kulemin and have rising talent up front such as Anders Lee,
Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, who could be the left wing on the
top line with Okposo and Tavares.
"We're in a good place as a team, and I know we got better this
summer,'' Okposo says. "Everyone on our club wants to succeed,
and a lot of that is because we've grown up playing together."
Okposo is banking that his best is yet to come.
"For me, it's about really pushing myself and focusing on what it
takes to be successful in the NHL," he says. "I've made conscious
changes because I want to be the best player I can be."
Kome Okposo, whose path of hard work and dedication set the
right example for Kyle and his sister Kendra, admits he's grateful
that his career approach proved fruitful for the next generation.
"I always thought if I succeeded, there would be a much bet-
ter chance for them to succeed," he says. "And thinking about
that game against Chicago when Kyle scored in overtime and the
Islander fans were chanting 'USA, USA,' that still gives me chills.
For me, that was the greatest moment. It made me so proud." N
Allan Kreda covers the N.Y. Islanders for The New York Times.
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