New York Islanders Stats Leaders In Almost Every Category
The New York Islanders are having a fantastic season so far in 2017-18. With 30 points in 23 games, they’re right on track to make the playoffs. Thanks to some great statistical seasons from players across the roster.
It’s been one heck of a ride for New York Islanders fans. With a terrible 5-0 loss on opening night, the Islanders have bounced back going 14-6-2 since.
It started off terribly but has trended in the right direction. The New York Islanders now sit third in the Metropolitan Division and just two points off the division-leading New Jersey Devils.
A big thanks has to go to the Islanders offense. The team is tied for third in the league in goals-for with 84 goals. Which means that Isles have a few players putting up good numbers.
And by good, I mean top of the league good. And by few, I mean players across a number of categories, positions, and experience levels.
John Tavares | 15 Goals 3rd in NHL
The New York Islanders captain has 15 goals on the season. Ranking him third in the NHL. Only Nikita Kucherov and Alex Ovechkin have more goals than the first overall pick in 2009. He picked up six of those goals across three games at the end of October.
He’s gone three games without a goal. So you’d think he’s due one real soon. With 15, he’s on pace for a 54 goal season. That’s way high for Tavares based on his career trajectory. But if there’s one guy on the New York Islanders roster it’s John Tavares.
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Josh Bailey | 23 Assists 3rd in NHL
With 23 assists on the year, Josh Bailey is picking up where he left off in 2016-17. Putting him on pace for 100 points on the season. It’s an amazing stat line for a player whose previous career-high was 56 points.
Can Bailey hit 100 points? Probably not. Can he hit 80? Yeah, I’d be willing to guarantee it by now.
Nick Leddy | 20 Points t-2nd in Defensemen
At the start of the season, I put up a list of players that could win individual trophies at the end of the season. I thought Nick Leddy could challenge for a Norris Trophy. And here he is a quarter way through the season and he’s tied for second with 20 points in 23 games played.
And remember that Nick Leddy usually performs better, statistically, in the second half of the season. Just hand it over now. (I’m allowed to get cocky, right?)
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Mathew Barzal | 23 Points 1st in Rookies
Last but not least is Mathew Barzal. The New York Islanders acquired in a trade to Edmonton for Isles former first-round-pick Griffin Reinhart. Taken 16th overall we all knew that Barzal was a good player and would be great when he got to play full-time in the NHL. How does a pace of 82 points feel? Those 23 give him the top spot for rookies in the NHL. Start the Calder talk, because Barzal is a lock for a finalist at the very least.