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New York Islanders Mike Milbury Worse GM Than Garth Snow

NEW YORK - MARCH 1: Mike Milbury (R), General Manager of the New York Islanders, addresses the media following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting March 1, 2005 at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 1: Mike Milbury (R), General Manager of the New York Islanders, addresses the media following the National Hockey League Board of Governors meeting March 1, 2005 at the Westin Hotel at Times Square in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 25: (l-r) Charles Wang and Garth Snow attend the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Roster Construction

Garth Snow has been at the helm for 12-years and he’s missed the playoffs in eight of the 12 years. That’s not ideal for a team that was supposed to rebuild.

Roster construction takes trades, contracts, and draft picks into consideration. This is arguably the area where Garth has struggled the most.

All he can hang his hat on his two 100 point seasons. Everything else was essentially a flop. The Islanders have always had Pieces in the Snow era but remain a move or two away from being a legit contender.

For instance, right now, the Islanders have one of the best top two lines in the league but are struggling so much right now due to lack of defense and lack of forward depth. That’s on Garth.

Garth has also been too loyal to his coaches. Jack Capuano, for example, seemed to have a lifetime deal before he was finally let go last year.

The problem with Garth is that at his best his rosters were good, they were never great. Also, once his plan failed everything fell apart quickly, it wasn’t a slow drop-off.

Grade: 4.5

Final Grade: 14.5/30

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