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
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).