For the New York Islanders to get back to their winning ways, they need something to change.
Whether it be a change in coach or a fresh new face added to the mix, this New York Islanders team needs a change in order to wake them up from this slumber of bad play.
Many people don’t think about this, but I think the best way to provide a change to this team and potentially find a winger for Tavares to play with is calling up Michael Dal Colle. Dal Cole has been absolutely amazing for the Sound Tigers, as he’s tied for the team lead in goals with Steve Bernier, as they have both scored 7 goals.
Sure, the move may throw the hot Sound Tigers off, but the Islanders are in a dire need for offense and Dal Colle could possibly bring it to us without having to give up any assets at all. If Tavares can find chemistry with the former 5th overall pick, it could spark this team offensively and give us new life.
Another way to wake this team up is to bring in a new coach. As the Penguins did when Mike Johnston was fired, the change in coaches will make them realize that something isn’t going right, and who’s a better candidate to come in than former Islanders assistant coach, Gerard Gallant.
Gallant coached a Panthers team that had been awful beforehand into a playoff contender and guided them into the first round against the Islanders before they exited. As we saw during the series, the Panthers played with dominance and were able to hold the lead for the majority of the series, Gallant also helped develop the young guys down in Florida.
The fact that Aaron Ekblad already has the leadership qualities of a seasoned veteran already shows us the wonders Gallant can do, so why can’t he do it for the Islanders?
If all else fails, I think Garth Snow should search the open market for a winger to play with John Tavares. Ever since the departure of Matt Moulson, Tavares hasn’t had a consistent partner in crime to make plays with.
The option I think the Islanders should explore the most is Brandon Saad. He’s been playing great for a bottom-feeding Blue Jackets team, as he has tallied up six goals and 17 points so far this season.
As for what the Islanders would have to give up for Saad, possibly they can package a guy like Ryan Strome, who looks like he has no fit on this team and a 2nd round draft pick. The Islanders may have to fork over an extra draft pick or prospect, but I honestly think Saad is the right way to go for the Islanders.
Brandon Saad has everything the Isles need in a winger to compliment Tavares; the size, the tenacity, and the ability to score goals. If Saad does get traded to the Islanders and works well with Tavares, t hat powerhouse of a first line could get us back into the playoff mix
All-in-all, I definitely feel like a change is absolutely necessary. Some people might think I’m crazy, but I think it might just work.