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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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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: Doug Weight of the New York Islanders handles his first game as head coach against the Dallas Stars at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

On Ice Success

The Islanders weren’t the worst team in the league on paper, but at times it certainly felt that way. They gave up 296 goals this year, leading the league in goals against.

With Mathew Barzal’s impressive rookie campaign, the Isles should’ve been a playoff team. Their offense was too talented for them to be this bad.

That makes six of the nine years of John Tavares’ career with the Islanders on the outside looking in. Which could be the biggest reason for J.T. leaving on July 1, if in fact, he does decide to leave.

During the Garth Snow era, the on-ice success has been limited. In 12 years he made the playoffs four times. In 75 percent of Garth’s years as General Manager, the Isles have missed the playoffs,

That stat speaks for itself really. If you’re not a playoff team in eight of the 12 years in which you’re the General Manager of a team that has to be looked at as a failure for on-ice success.

Sure, the Islanders beating the Panthers in 2016 to advance in the playoffs for the first time in 23-years was a big moment, but not big enough.

It should’ve been the first step of a team going in the right direction. Instead, it’s looked at as the pinnacle of the Garth Snow’s tenure.

A trip to the second round shouldn’t be looked at as a defining moment of a quarter century, but for now, it is. With that Garth has to receive a failing grade for on-ice success.

Grade: F (0%)

Next: Isles 2017-18 Season Month-by-Month

Garth’s final grade here is an after averaging out his score across all four categories. Gettign an F I’ve been told isn’t a good thing. The ball is in your court John Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

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