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New York Islanders 2017-18 NHL Season Month By Month

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders reacts in the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts to the loss to the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 31: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders reacts to the loss to the New Jersey Devils on March 31, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders 4-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

April – Now What?

Record: 3-0-0 (35-37-10 7th in Metro)

Now it’s April. The Islanders won’t be in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Missing out by a healthy margin (17 points). They also won’t be bad enough to get a great shot at drafting in the top three.

So, now what? This season was a disappointment, but then again it can get worse. Much worse.

Team captain and leading scorer John Tavares is on the last year of his contract and who knows where he’s going to go. He says he wasn’t it all to work out. That’s all great, but he’s had months to have this all work out.

To be fair, the roster situation around him hasn’t been great. The Islanders have made the playoffs just three times since Tavares joined as the first overall pick in 2009. That’s six seasons without postseason hockey.

And in all likelihood, GM Garth Snow and Head Coach Doug Weight might still be here next season. One being the architect of the Islanders struggles, and Doug Weight has been his right-hand man.

Next: 10 Step Plan To Fix The Islanders

The Islanders have two first-round lottery bound picks in this year’s draft which could make the situation much better next season. But if Tavares leaves and Garth and Doug stay, then what?

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