As 2017 comes to a close the New York Islanders sit in the final Wild Card spot. Here are some things they might want to change in 2018.
As 2017 comes to a close I think it’s time we reflect on the New York Islanders year. 2017 saw a lot of change for this New York Islanders team, especially if you date back to the 2016-2017 season.
The Islanders changed their coach in January from Jack Capuano to Doug Weight in a surprising changeup. It ended up being a fantastic move for the Islanders as they went 24-12-4 under Doug Weight.
2017 also saw the emergence of Anders Lee and Josh Bailey. Previously both of those guys were average to slightly above average NHL caliber players. They teamed up with John Tavares and formed one of the best lines in the entire league.
Josh Ho-Sang stole our hearts in March and April of this year, showing off flashes of brilliance with the puck.
Garth Snow, again, pulled a rabbit out of his hat by trading Ryan Strome for Jordan Eberle straight up. One of his best moves to date as the Islanders General Manager.
When the season finally got underway for 2017-2018, the Islanders went into the season with a hole at the second line center position, or so they thought. Mathew Barzal burst onto the scene with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 38 games.
Oh, and they were awarded, Belmont Park which is arguably the biggest news in Islanders history since their 1983 Stanley Cup victory. There was a lot to like in 2017, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvements.
Here are some New Years Resolutions for the Islanders in 2018: