The New York Islanders came in seventh place in the Metro last year, only finishing ahead of the New York Rangers. They ended the year 35-37-10 for 80 points. The Islanders have not made the playoffs since 2016 and hope to return this year.
Off Season Moves:
Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009, now plays in Toronto. He averaged almost a point-per-game for the Islanders and scored a goal in his first appearance as a Maple Leafs player. At $15.9 million per year, Tavares is one of the higher paid players in the league.
What to Expect:
The Islanders are rebuilding. After last year’s disappointing season, the Islanders are look to make a push for the playoffs. Without Tavares, fans may feel like the team is missing something. However, with the addition of coach Trotz and his Stanley Cup winning coaching staff, there is a lot of talent beyond the players. Barzal will become one of the new faces of the Islanders. At only 21 years of age, Barzal put up the best stats on the team and his continued growth is expected to fuel the franchise. With a few young guns on their team this year as well as a very experienced coaching staff, the Islanders could crack a wild card playoff spot in 2019.
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Zach Herr covers the National Hockey League for Full Press Coverage.
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