New York Islanders Roster Comparison To 2015-2016 Playoff Team

By Matt O'Leary
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It’s really hard to imagine that 2015-2016 team putting up 100 points in this year’s Metropolitan Division. The Isles lucked out getting the first Wild Card spot to go up against the Atlantic Division. If they finished ahead of the Rangers we very well may be talking about how the Isles haven’t won a playoff series in a quarter century.

I give the advantage to this year’s team. One thing we didn’t talk about yet was coaching. Doug Weight is a much better coach than Jack Capuano. The drastic change we saw from the team when the switch was made was unbelievable. Doug’s team finished the year 24-12-4 after a 17-17-8 start under Cappy.

Maybe, if they make the switch earlier last year the Isles get into the playoffs?

The top line is going to be extremely dangerous, on paper it’s already better than their overlooked and underappreciated top line of last year. It’s going to be fun to watch the Isles top six, even if it’s Brock Nelson centering that second line.

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Now the question I think everyone wants to know is if this team is better than the one two years ago can they make the playoffs and go further than the second round? That one is going to have to be answered another day.