There’s no question that the New York Islanders offense has kept them from cascading down the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Isles top two lines have produced at very high levels. But just how good are the Islanders top six forwards in comparison to the best teams in the NHL?
The New York Islanders should consider themselves extremely lucky to be in the position that they’re currently in. Without the out-of-this-galaxy performances of the Isles first and second lines, they’d no doubt be mired in yet another season of disappointment.
With the talent that’s been stockpiled by this franchise over the last few years all finally ready to contribute, and the approval of a new arena at the site of Belmont Park Racetrack in Elmont, NY, the Islanders can ill afford to let this opportunity slip away. At least not without some shiny hardware to show for it.
The New York Islanders first line of John Tavares, Josh Bailey, and Anders Lee has been, with respects to Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Chris Kunitz, arguably the best top line in the NHL this season. Throw in the production of the Islanders second line and you’ve got one of the most potent offenses in the league.
Rookie sensation Mathew Barzal, first-year Islander Jordan Eberle, and seasoned veteran Andrew Ladd have been the anchor of this team. Without the consistent production that this group has contributed all year long, the New York Islanders likely wouldn’t even be in the discussion for a possible playoff spot.