New Years Resolution 3: Stop Giving Veterans Preferential Treatment
This resolution kind of falls back into my second resolution, prospect development. The Islanders tend to block prospects with old, over-the-hill veterans for no real reason other than they have experience and were once good players.
Jason Chimera and Dennis Seidenberg have no business playing on this Islanders team. Both are more detrimental to the team than they help. Veteran leadership can only get you so far, you need talent as well.
It’s not just the 30+-year-old vets who get the good treatment. A veteran like Brock Nelson, 26, has played in every single game despite performing well below expectations. It’s perfectly okay to scratch veteran players like Nelson, Chimera, and Seidenberg.
If anything it shows that you need to perform at this level to keep playing, and reputation doesn’t mean a thing.
The double standard is just frustrating when it comes to the veteran and youth treatment. If a veteran makes a mistake on the ice they have every opportunity to make up for it and continue to get ice time, but if it’s a rookie they’re punished with a healthy scratch or a demotion to the depths of Bridgeport Connecticut.