A ranking of the New York Islanders 2017-2018 roster based on past play, potential, and importance to the team.
The New York Islanders are trying to head back to the playoffs in 2017-2018. Last year, they fell just a point short of every team’s goal of making the playoffs. This year they come into the season with an improved roster on paper.
The biggest change comes to the Isles top line. Garth Snow got a shiny new toy for John Tavares to play with. In June, Snow traded Ryan Strome who was coming off his second down year in a row to Edmonton in exchange for Jordan Eberle.
Eberle is bringing a perennial 20 goal a year pedigree over to the Islanders. In addition, on the offensive side, the Isles will be giving Mathew Barzal and Josh Ho-Sang a chance to flourish.
The Isles are relying on youth to take the next step here, which can be frustrating considering how this has been the plan for years now. Although, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited to see a full year of Josh Ho-Sang and Mathew Barzal.
On the defensive side, the Islanders lost Travis Hamonic in a trade with the Calgary Flames. Hamonic was a staple of the Islanders defense over the last seven years. He’ll certainly be missed on and off the ice.
He’ll be replaced by Ryan Pulock and that booming slap shot. Pulock’s looked a bit raw in the preseason so far, but he has a high ceiling and has shown glimpses of greatness in small doses with the Islanders.
So we decided to do a power ranking of the Islanders roster from top to bottom. Thank you to co-expert Mitch Anderson for helping me out with this list. Without further ado let’s get started.