We sat down to have yet another depressing New York Islanders podcast. This one focused on the odds the Islanders make the NHL playoffs vs. the odds they win the NHL Draft Lottery.
At the time of recording, the New York Islanders odds of winning the 2018 NHL Draft Lottery was at 4.5%. Simultaneously, their chances of making the playoffs were at 3.9%.
The Islanders are in that death zone of not good enough to win, and not bad enough to fail. It’s an awful place to be as a franchise. They won’t win a championship. They won’t even have the chance to try and win a championship at this point. And they won’t likely be rewarded for being this terrible.
And look, it’s not like the New York Islanders don’t deserve to be where they are. With a 100.8% PDO it’s not like this team is unlucky. They’re just bad. Which as we discussed post-trade deadline, has to be a direct indictment of Garth Snow’s qualifications as a GM.
The man put his money where his mouth was and backed the team that he himself constructed to, at the very least get into the playoffs. And that worked out terribly. For him.
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What Else Do We Talk About?
The rest of the podcast doesn’t get much more uplifting than our main topic. But then, you already knew that you’ve been watching the Islanders play recently:
- The last four games have been an absolute nightmare to watch. Especially now that we find out the Islanders have been employing a new defensive system that, at its core, has been working. It just hasn’t given the Islanders any wins.
- Andrew Ladd hasn’t been producing. Like at all. And is on pace for a worse year, in terms of production, than last year. And we still have that Albatross of a contract for five more years. Five.
- All of that to say that the New York Islanders have managed to waste a Calder Trophy season from Barzal. Potentially forty goal seasons from Tavares and Lee. And a point per game season from Josh Bailey.