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New York Islanders Few Positives From 2017-18 Season

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders (R) celebrates with teammates after their 3-0 win against the New York Rangers during their game at Barclays Center on February 15, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders (R) celebrates with teammates after their 3-0 win against the New York Rangers during their game at Barclays Center on February 15, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders (R) celebrates with teammates after their 3-0 win against the New York Rangers during their game at Barclays Center on February 15, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

The 2017-18 New York Islanders season has generally been an absolute disappointment. But even though the Islanders aren’t making the playoffs, there are still some positives this season.

The New York Islanders will not be going to the playoffs in 2018. That’s now two years in a row that the Islanders won’t be able to play post-season hockey. And two years since they won their first playoff series in 23 years.

It’s been a disappointing number of years for New York Islanders fans. The back-to-back 100 point seasons seem like an absolute tease at this point. The year upon year growth and aspiration this team had built has come crashing down with back-to-back seasons of regression.

When Doug Weight took over from Jack Capuano just over halfway through the 2016-17 season and took the team on a 24-12-4 run, we thought maybe 2017-18 would be a better year. The Islanders missed the playoffs by a single point that season, 2017-18 would be different.

We were right, but it would be different for the worse rather than the better.

From underperforming goalies, to ridiculous cold streaks to secondary scoring players like Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson, to some of the worst defensive play we’ve ever seen, the New York Islanders 2017-18 has been an absolute disappointment.

But it hasn’t all been a disappointment. Even though the Islanders won’t have the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup this season, there are still some positives.

I’ve compiled a list of four positives that we as New York Islanders can take from this season.

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