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New York Islanders: An Evaluation of Garth Snow’s 2017-18 Season

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 24: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders attends the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

New York Islanders ownership is going to evaluate every aspect of the Islanders organization, including the General Manager. I thought I’d give them a hand with the process.

We’ve sat through 12 years of the New York Islanders version of the process. The rebuild that officially started in 2006 has taken 12 years to get here. To no playoffs over the last two seasons. To the most important player, this franchise has had in decades teetering on the edge of jumping ship as a free agent.

And yet GM Garth Snow’s job seems to be safe for the time being.

Owner Jon Ledecky has indicated that all aspects of the franchise will be evaluated during the offseason. But then just a day later in a letter to fans, it seems that his internal review slipped under the radar. I understand that he and co-owner Scott Malkin have only been majority owners for two years, but history can’t be repeated.

So in order to help the New York Islanders ownership I wanted to give Garth Snow an evaluation.

The idea is to evaluate Garth Snow’s performance over the 2017-18 NHL season. Not over his 12 seasons as a GM, not over the last two seasons. Only this year’s performance.

By this season I mean from the Vegas Expansion Draft all the way to today. The evaluation is going to go over four categories: (1) Expansion and Entry Draft, (2) Trades, (3) Free Agency, (4) On Ice Success. He’ll get a letter grade based on what he did in that category and then I’ll give him an average based on that.

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