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New York Islanders: 3 Disappointments So Far In 2017-2018 Season

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: New York Islanders players skate in warmups past players children prior to the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Barclays Center on December 23, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Jets 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 19: Dennis Seidenberg /

Disappointment 3: Dennis Seidenberg

After a surprisingly solid first year with the Islanders, Dennis Seidenberg has dropped off the face of the earth. His play in 2016-17 yielded him a new contract and a raise, but he hasn’t lived up to it thus far.

In 13 games he has just three assists coming off a 22 point season. Not only is the offensive production numbers poor but his possession numbers are regressing as well.

He has a 42.4 CF% the second lowest on the team by anyone who has played 10 or more games. He just hasn’t been very good and at age 36 you wonder if he can snap out of it or if father time has just caught up to him.

With Calvin de Haan gone for the year, Seidenberg may see more playing time. That’s a scary thought. If you want to be a legit playoff team you can’t have that much of a liability getting significant ice time.

I for one would like to see Devon Toews in his spot. That might be an easier solution for the Islanders as a band-aid fix. If he can play at this level great, if not you send him back down and trade one of your four picks in the first two rounds for a better solution.

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The Islanders should be in a win-now mode, but with these three disappointments, they’re just a fringe playoff team at the moment.

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