Jan 10, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Brian Strait (37) is checked by Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Corey Tropp (26) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
Least Improved Islander
Here it is, Least Improved Islander. The guy who everyone had high hopes (or maybe just average hopes) for, and he’s let us down time and time again. There really can only be one player that fits this category. I’m sure you can guess who it is if you follow #IslesTwitter at all, but the Least Improved Islander award goes to Brian Strait. Brian Strait has essentially been the scapegoat for a lot of the “The Islanders lost two games in a row, the season is over!” crowd. It’s true, he’s a minus-6 on the season and has played in 22 of 43 games this year. He has had some major mistakes and some defensive lapses. Every Islanders fan lets out a slight groan whenever his name is left in the lineup card instead of on the scratch list.
Corsi percentage is figured out by comparing shots plus blocked shots plus missed shots and dividing that number by shots plus blocked shots plus missed shots against. A number over 50% is generally considered a good number, and means that your team has the puck more than the other team. As mentioned before, Nick Leddy has a 57.5% Corsi, meaning the Islanders possess the puck 57.5% of the time he is on the ice. Brian Strait has a 49.1% Corsi. This means the Islanders are out-possessed when he is on the ice. Spending more time in your own zone means you allow more goals and gives more chances for defensive mishaps. All in all, Brian Strait is your Least Improved Islander.