New York Islanders: Predicting The Isles Top 5 Point Leaders In 2016-17
Number 2: Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd was brought in to replace the production of Kyle Okposo. Okposo was great for the Islanders but they decided to go a different route. They decided to go with playoff experience and winning pedigree despite a slight age difference.
Ladd is coming off a season with 42 points. Playing alongside John Tavares should increase his numbers.
Ladd is a very smart player and I’m excited to see what he can do alongside Tavares. I’m expecting that both players elevate each others game.
The one issue is time, the Islanders top line has spent very little time together so the chemistry won’t be there initially. Expect a slow start but they should be able to pick it up rather quickly. Hopefully Capuano sticks it out and doesn’t shuffle up the lines, then building chemistry would be near impossible.
Overall I think Okposo and Ladd will put up similar numbers this year and you can’t question Ladd’s experience and intangibles.
Final Prediction: 58 points