New York Islanders: 2017 Contract Power Rankings
24: Mikhail Grabovski ($5 million)
Grabo can’t play due to concussions and that’s awful. Get better soon. But even when he was healthy he wasn’t worth the almost Tavaresian price tag. The Isles paid a price that was based on production from four years early where, again with Toronto in 2010-11 Grabovski put up 58 points and 51 points the season following. Grabo hasn’t hit 50 points in his entire Islanders career. At least there’s the potential for LTIR cap relief if the Isles need it.
23: Nikolai Kulemin ($4.1875 million)
Both he and Grabovski were brought in at the same time in 2014 and have failed to live up to their billing. Kulemin is still relatively young at 30 years-old, but he just hasn’t been able to get back to the 57 points he scored back in 2010-11. Yeah. Kulemin was a 30 goal scorer once.
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22: Andrew Ladd ($5.5 million)
He scored 20 goals this season! Success! Wrong. Ladd was brought in to wing Tavares’ line and help the Isles replace the departure of Kyle Okposo. His 31 points this season did little to do that. It’s almost unfair to compare him to Tavares because the guy is being paid well under market value, but Ladd is a significant cap drain.
21: Alan Quine ($612,500)
It’s a small price to pay for a player that’s put up 18 points in 61 games this season. But with younger more dynamic players coming up through the Isles system Quine becomes obsolete.