Defense 2 – Brandon Carlo
October 4th, 2014 has to be circled on Garth Snow’s calendar. He has to celebrate the day every year. It’s the day he convinced us he might be an OK GM by acquiring both Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk in two separate trades.
On that day, in acquiring Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins the Islanders gave up their second-round pick in 2015. A pick that would turn into Brandon Carlo.
I’ll be honest, I’d much rather Johnny Boychuk than Brandon Carlo. Carlo isn’t a bad player, but Johnny is obviously hand down a better defenseman. Carlo is a great depth defender, something the Islanders sure could use at the moment.
Outside of Boychuk and Leddy, the Isles have been a who’s who of third pairing defensemen. And it’s shown with the Islanders being the worst defensive team with 273 goals against. The next team on the “worst D” scale are the Ottawa Senators with 262.
That’s right it’s not the Arizona Coyotes (241), the Buffalo Sabres (248) or the Vancouver Canucks (247) that’s the three worst teams in the NHL by record. That’s how bad the Islanders have been defensively this season. Worse than the worst teams in the league.
But if I have to give up Boychuk to keep Carlo… the decision is clear.