What if the NHL were a bit like the NFL, and by a bit, I mean with a single adoption: cuts. What If the New York Islanders could make cuts to their roster. Here’s who I’d cut, and why.
What if you could just cut the New York Islanders roster down to 23? What if you could do like the NFL and just straight cut players until you hit the magic number of – in the NHL at least – 23. Who would you take off the New York Islanders roster?
The attempt here is to see where the Islanders needs to metaphorically “trim the fat”. Where is the excess in this line? We probably already know, but it’s a fun experiment.
For this, I’m going to be using a few assumptions. First. My roster has everyone currently on the Islanders roster. That includes any unrestricted free agents that will come up this July. Second. I’ve added prospects and rookies that should make the team next season.
Again, the idea here is to see who should be on this roster based on the players we currently have both on the roster and in the system. That includes free agents. Yes, some will undoubtedly leave in the summer, but who should leave and who should stay is part of the experiment.
What if I gave you a roster of 32 New York Islanders players and you had to cut it down to 23. Who doesn’t make it on your roster and why?
Here’s my roster:
Tavares, Ladd, Bailey, Eberle, Beauvillier, Barzal, Lee
Clutterbuck, Cizikas, Johnston, Nelson, Kulemin, Wagner
Ho-Sang, Bellows, Quine, Prince,
Leddy, Boychuk, de Haan, Hickey, Aho, Davidson
Pulock, Pelech, Toews, Mayfield, Seidenberg
Halak, Greiss, Soderstrom, Gibson