With the New York Islanders missing the playoffs for yet another we have to start turning our attention towards the future. And it looks like the future is here already.
With yet another season where the New York Islanders miss out on the playoffs, we’re all left to consider the future for the Islanders. Both immediate and in years to come.
Who knows what team captain John Tavares is going to do as he approaches his unrestricted free agency window. We all have our opinions on the matter, but no one actually knows what might happen.
Whatever your opinion is on the situation, it seems that John Tavares is guaranteed to test the market. He’s going to see what the market is willing to pay for his services. In terms of business, it’s a smart thing to do. How else do you know what you’re worth?
For the sake of this piece, let’s assume the worst happens. John Tavares walks. The Islanders get nothing in return for losing one of the best centers in the game. Now what?
What’s the Islanders core? Not only for this year, but in years to come? Who do the New York Islanders build around if they don’t have John Tavares?
Obviously, it all starts with the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft; Mathew Barzal.