The Islanders are a talented team slowly surmounting inexperience only to be stymied now by injury. Shorthanded, NY finds mostly veterans on the IR list. Fans worried John Tavares may leave hope for a playoff run to show him NY can win. They’re calling for a trade to replenish the ranks.
The Islanders score lots of goals but let in about as many. Their current play forecasts a battle for lower level playoff contention. Fans hope the team wins, convincing John Tavares to re-sign.
At the time of writing the Isles are missing two of their top four de-men (C. de Haan, J. Boychuk) and three of their top penalty killers (A. Ladd, C. Cizikas, N. Kulemin).
The trade deadline is less than a month away, and many Long Islanders are calling for GM Garth Snow’s head if he doesn’t supply an improvement through trade. (I still have faith in the process. I liked the Hamonic trade…)
With so many considering building by trade though, I’m taking a stab at it. I looked to address gaps in the roster; a goalie, a third line center or wing, a larger, reliable defenseman capable of clearing the crease, anyone at all who can help on the PK.
If the Islanders can find a way to activate their third line offensively or lock it down defensively they’ll outscore their opponents most games, regardless of how their defense does.
However, despite the many glaring holes in the team right now, I’d say the Islanders biggest need is someone who can help clear the crease to reduce screens and rebounds.
Here are some proposals that could help tweak the team and get the boys churning again. There are, at least, some new names mixed in here.