New York Islanders Pros Cons For Next Coach
Pro: Depth in the Organization
Coaches like flexibility. They like to know that if something isn’t working they can try a different approach with different elements. They also like to know they have the next wave of talent coming up the pipeline
The Islanders have depth at every position coming through the system. They can call on Mathew Barzal, Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, and last year’s first-round draft Kieffer Bellows as talent forwards. I didn’t count Anthony Beauvillier because he’s already with the team, but an argument can be made to include him too.
On the defensive side, the likes of Ryan Pulock and the emergence of Devon Toews seem to be ready for NHL duties. Adam Pelech is already playing with the Isles on their top pairing alongside Nick Leddy as Travis Hamonic recovers from injury, and is looking like a gem.
Pelech looks so comfortable on that top pairing that we have to ask the question: should Garth Snow trade Hamonic now?
How about coach killing goaltending? The Isles drafted Linus Soderstrom in the 4th round of the 2014 NHL draft. The 20-year-old is playing for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League putting up an impressive .932 SV% and 1.61 GAA.
The Isles also drafted last season’s KHL goalie of the year winner Ilya Sorokin who’s once again putting in a solid season in the KHL with CSKA Moscow with a .928 SV% and 1.61 GAA.
Any incoming coach should have nothing to fear with what’s coming up through the system.