Andrew Ladd is a big name player, but he just hasn’t put in top quality performances. He has been mediocre ever since the New York Islanders acquired him from free agency.
Lack of production for the New York Islanders
Andrew Ladd has been an underwhelming player for the New York Islanders the last two years. Ladd has 60 points in 151 games. That is very poor considering he is a player who has hit 62 and 59 points in previous seasons.
When Garth Snow signed Ladd in the summer before the 2016-17 season, the expectation is that he would do better than what he produced. In the 2016-17 season, Ladd scored 23 goals which may cause people to overlook the fact he only had 8 assists.
Replacing the irreplaceable
Ladd, along with Jason Chimera, was essentially brought in to replace Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. These were players the Islanders really couldn’t replace, especially with Ladd or Chimera. Okposo had 64 points in the 2015-16 season. For Ladd to produce only 31 points the following year, which is less than half of Okposo’s total, is horrendous.
Chimera did pretty well in his first year as an Islander. He scored 20 goals and provided 13 assists in his first year. However, That is just not a good enough return for what the Islanders let go. Frans Nielsen also provided 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points in his last year as an Islander in the 2015-16 season.
So clearly, Ladd and Chimera have not been good replacements for Nielsen and Okposo. Chimera has since been dealt away this past deadline for Chris Wagner. Nobody really expected Chimera to be a major contributor. Ladd is unfortunately still with the Islanders. In this past season, Ladd drastically dropped to 12 goals and he won’t improve in the future.
When the Islanders signed Ladd, the expectations for him to do well were very high. Ladd has won the Stanley Cup twice, one with Chicago in 2010, and one with Carolina in 2006.
Ladd knows what it takes to be a winner. However, he hasn’t brought that to the Islanders in any capacity on the ice. It’s time for the Islanders to really asses Ladd, and only time will tell what they do with him.