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New York Islanders Projected Starting Lineup

Jan 6, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The starting line up for the New York Islanders before the start of the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 6, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; The starting line up for the New York Islanders before the start of the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Defense

  1. Leddy-Boychuk
  2. Hamonic-Hickey
  3. De Haan-Pulock
  4. Pelech

Much like the forward class the top paring of Leddy and Boychuk on the blueline is fairly straight forward. The two have been the workhorses on the backend for the Isles. Logging heavy minutes against top-quality opposition and still contributing.

Hamonic had a difficult time up there on the first paring last season so he gets relegated to the second pairing. He and Hickey form the second line of defense for the Isles. Not a controversial choice, but I’m sure someone out there isn’t going to like it.

The third pairing then becomes Calvin de Haan and Ryan Pulock. Pulock gets the nod over fellow youngster Adam Pelech on the third pairing for a few reasons. The first being because I feel like the Islanders value him more. Feel free to disagree with me here. Second, he’s a right-hand shot, while Pelech shoots left.

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So Pelech is left with the floater role. I really expect this role to be shared between Pulock and Pelech throughout the season, but it’s Pulock’s spot to start the season.

I haven’t forgotten about Scott Mayfield, but I’d place him off the 20 player “dressed” list, keeping him in the press box on opening night. As the season progresses and the injury bug makes its inevitable appearance I’d expect Mayfield to take that floater role.

Next: Goaltending

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