The New York Islanders have started the 2016-17 poorly. Naturally, they figure quite poorly in this Metropolitan division power ranking.
The New York Islanders can’t go 1-3-0 and hope to factor positively in any power rankings. Unless it’s a power ranking of Orange and Blue teams.
Actually, scratch that, the Edmonton Oilers are 3-1-0. So even on that ridiculously specific criteria the Islanders fall to the very bottom of the ranking.
What’s the deal? Do they need a human battering ram like Matt Martin in order to score a few goals? Do they need Frans Nielsen to do everything for them in order to dictate the rhythm of the game? Or maybe they needed Kyle Okposo to just will the game in their direction.
Whatever it is that the Islanders had going for them last season, it’s gone this year. At least at the moment. It’s only been four games, and last I checked the Stanley Cup doesn’t get awarded in October.
Four games is too early to write off any team just yet. But it’s certainly not early enough to state who’s hot and who’s not. But rather than having to swipe left or right we’ll just tell you what team is running rampant in the division and which ones are starting to fall behind.