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New York Islanders 2017-18 Season Scratch Candidates

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: The New York Islanders salute the fans following a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: The New York Islanders salute the fans following a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 09: The New York Islanders salute the fans following a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on April 9, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

In the 2016-17 season, the New York Islanders had JF Berube to count on to soak up at least one spot on the scratch pad. So, with him now gone, who rounds out that three player list in the 2017-18 season?

Before the start o the 2017-18 season the New York Islanders have to name a 23-man active roster. That’s the pool of players they can select from to create their 20-man game day roster.

Every game three players have to have a talk from the coach to say: “You ain’t playin’ tonight”. What three players get the talk in 2017-18? Remember, Jean-Francois Berube isn’t around to sponge up a spot for the other guys.

Before getting to who isn’t in the lineup, it’s important to look at who is in the lineup and in what spot. Based on the current roster, here’s my prediction for the New York Islanders starting lineup in 2017-18:

Forwards                                         Defense                      Goaltending
Lee-Tavares-Eberle                       Leddy-Boychuk        Greiss
Ladd-Nelson-Bailey                      Pulock-de Haan        Halak
Chimera-Barzal-Ho-Sang           Pelech-Hickey
Kulemin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

I’d have a hard time believing the roster would look much different than this. I can see maybe Ho-Sang swapped for Beauvillier. But I think the New York Islanders loved what they saw from Joshua Ho-Sang at the end of last season and will see if he can replicate right out of the gate.

And maybe the goaltending situation flips come October. Jaroslav Halak had that fantastic six-game end to the season. But my gut’s still with Greiss. He earned that starter position, even when Halak was whining about sharing ice time.

Based on that projected roster, and based on who’s left on the Isles roster (which I’m basing off of Cap Friendly’s list) who goes on the scratch pad? (Yeah, I’m calling it the scratch pad now).

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