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New York Islanders Three Biggest (Positive) Surprises in 2017-18

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first NHL goal at 1:15 of the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first NHL goal at 1:15 of the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 19: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first NHL goal at 1:15 of the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders have a few surprises this season. All of which are player who impressed last season, but are surprisingly even better now in 2017-18.

Last year the New York Islanders had a disappointing start and end to the season. It was disappointing at the start because of how terrible they were, and disappointing at the end because their stark improvement couldn’t push them into a playoff spot.

They missed the playoffs by just a single point to the Toronto Maple Leafs. They went from the bottom of the league at the half-way mark of the season, to just barely making the post-season.

They did that thanks to a few players having exceptional years for themselves. Both Josh Bailey and Anders Lee had career years in 2016-17. Seasons we didn’t think they could better. We thought they could keep up that production going into 2017-18, we didn’t think they could get significantly better.

Through 44% of the season in 2017-18, both Bailey and Lee are surprising not just New York Islanders fans with their production, but NHL fans in general.

Josh Bailey has twice been named as an NHL star of the week, and Anders Lee is being named alongside pure goal scorers like Nikita Kucherov.

Add to that Mathew Barzal’s surprising top level quality and this team is much better than people gave them credit for at the start of the season.

Here are three players that are positive surprises for the New York Islanders in 2017-18.

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