Mr. Marginally Talented is a Hart Finalist.Regardless of what anybody says, I'm going to tell you the Islanders' season was a success. From the beginning, the Islanders have been moving forward baby step-by-baby step. This season, the Islanders took their biggest step of all, finally beginning to walk after crawling since the infancy of this rebuild.No, the Isles didn't win the Cup, but you're fooling yourself if you thought that's where the Islanders were headed this season. Instead, though, the Islanders made their first playoff appearance since 2007 during a lockout shortened year where nobody gave the Islanders a chance out of the gate.Respect is hard to come by in the NHL (at least if you're the Islanders), but New York grabbed the attention of the hockey world by achieving two...

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