New York Islanders 2017-18 Roster Includes More Youth
It’s in, the New York Islanders 23-man active roster has been sent. And like last season, the youth are taking even more spots.
Last season’s New York Islanders 23-man roster saw the addition of two new faces: Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal. Barzal didn’t stay long, but still, he was there on day one.
This season, along with Anothny Beauvillier still on the roster, the New York Islanders have added three rookies to the team. One of which is Mathew Barzal once again.
Joining him are Josh Ho-Sang, who was a lock to make the team no matter who you spoke to. Unless it was coaching. And then Ryan Pulock is going to make his first start in the NHL.
After fellow young defenseman Devon Toews was called up just the other day there were thoughts that maybe Ryan Pulock might just be sent back down. It was clear that he hadn’t exactly impressed during training camp.
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So putting the team together based on the depth chart and not necessarily what the lines will be, the forward shake out to be the following.
*Indicates on injury reserve
Ok, so the depth chart looks eerily similar to what the New York Islanders have been rolling out during the preseason. But I think we can all safely state that Brock Nelson won’t be playing fourth line minutes when the puck drops on Friday.
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He’s not a center but he’s the best option we got. Because when Brock Nelson is on his game he’s a great player to have. We just need him to put in more of those performances in an 82 game season.
I just laid out the defense based on the side in which they shoot the puck. Mainly because that generally leads to how defensive pairings are formed. If the numbers are right you have a right and left shot together.
Now with that being said, I can’t see Dennis Seidenberg being second pairing minutes throughout the season.Maybe on some nights. But not consistently. Meaning Pulock jumps up to that second pair.
With eight D, the New York Islanders have to scratch two. Look for Mayfield, Pelech, Pulock and Seidenberg to move in and out of the roster. Assuming everyone’s healthy that is.
Are you as relieved as I am? Only two names are on this list! For two seasons this list had three names on it. I still feel bad for Jean-Francois Berube. Good luck in Chicago. But I’m happy his name is no longer on this list.
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This roster is much younger than New York Islanders fans are used to seeing, and that’s great. What’s even better is that we finally have a coach that’s willing to play them! The 2017-18 season can’t start soon enough. Is it Friday yet?