The New York Islanders entered the 17/18 season an unknown, clearly talented, but enigmatic. Now, coming ever nearer to playoff time, NY remains a piece or two short of true contention, still struggling for just a wildcard spot.
The New York Islanders looked strong early in the season. That was before injury and inexperience combined to cause outrageous inconsistencies in the Islanders gameplay, not to mention loss of sleep for their fans. The last several weeks going back as far as early December have been frustrating, especially considering the brief glimpses fans got showing just how talented this team is.
Josh Bailey, Casey Cizikas, Andrew Ladd, and now importantly, Johnny Boychuk are back into the lineup and seem to be mostly healthy. The Islanders are 3-3-1 since Boychuk got back, playing stronger than they did in the weeks before.
Even if they can keep themselves in playoff contention long enough for Scott Mayfield to return from IR the squad still needs some reinforcements if they want to power up for the playoffs. Playoff experience could go a long way towards developing the team’s youth and give John Tavares another reason to re-sign with the Islanders.
Garth Snow told the media he wouldn’t be selling high-end prospects or picks for rentals, so I made a short, last-ditch proposal list before the deadline, and tried to abide by those rules.
As always I went for originality in proposed players, and, also as always, I’m sure to have misjudged some of their values. Let me know at the end.