New York Islanders 2017-18 Way Too Early Forward Lineup
Line Three – The Kids Are Alright
Center: Mathew Barzal
Left-Wing: Anthony Beauvillier
Right-Wing: Josh Ho-Sang
We’re assuming that the New York Islanders roster today is the same come the start of the 2017-18 season. And with that, it’s assumed that Garth Snow and Doug Weight decide to see just what some of their prospects are made of.Without the likes of Matt Duchene to round out the
Without the likes of Matt Duchene to round out the roster, the New York Islanders are left with a pretty big gap in their roster at the center position. In steps WHL playoff MVP Mathew Barzal.
He didn’t get a fair kick at the can last season, even though his play in training camp forced Garth to waive newly acquired free agent P.A. Parenteau for a spot on the roster.
This season should be different for Barzal as he takes that big step in his career to take third line duties. Alongside fellow “rookies” Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier. Tito isn’t a rookie, but I wouldn’t call him a vet after only playing 56 games last season either.
After that dazzling performance, last season Josh Ho-Sang should be ready to play full-time for the Isles. NO need for Bridgeport, this kid belongs in AHL. Is he cocky, sure, is his defensive game weak, also sure.
But let’s be honest that cockiness leads to some pretty amazing things on the ice in the offensive zone that this team can desperately use.