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New York Islanders NFL Style Cut List For 2018-19 Season

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Mathew Barzal #13 and Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders celebrate a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers at Barclays Center on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Ladd #16 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)

Andrew Ladd | LW

29 points, 32-years-old

It’s obvious why Andrew Ladd was cut from the team right? I don’t think I need to explain myself as to why he gets the first cut, but just to make it perfectly clear and for the sake of consistency with the rest of the cut list I will.

There are four reasons that Andrew Ladd doesn’t make my team next season. (1) His cap hit of $5.5 million through the next five seasons. (2)His average return of 30 points in a regular season. (3) The fact that he’s 32-years-old meaning he won’t likely get better. (4) More importantly, he stands in the way of the kids coming into the fold in 2018-19.

That last reason is the most important. With Kieffer Bellows and Josh Ho-Sang to fill up spots on the wing, Andrew Ladd stands directly in the way. Ladd isn’t a second line player. It’s clear. That spot next to Barzal and Eberle belongs to Anthony Beauvillier. So Ladd falls to the third, where both Bellow and Ho-Sang should play in 2018.

To be fair to Ladd, he’s been a good Corsi player. But that’s hardly a reason to keep him on the roster now, is it? If all that possession still doesn’t help the team win, then what’s the benefit?

With all of those four factors and factoring in that Corsi rate, it’s clear that there is no reason to keep Andrew Ladd. It’s ridiculous to think he’ll have a Tavares sized hot on the cap for the next five seasons. Remember that’s an AAV of $5.5 million for Andrew Ladd through the ages of 32 to 37.

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