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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 – NOVEMBER 05: Shane Prince #11 of the New York Islanders heads onto the ice before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Barclays Center on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 05: Shane Prince #11 of the New York Islanders heads onto the ice before the game against the Edmonton Oilers at the Barclays Center on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Shane Prince | LW

Two points, 25-years-old

What does Shane Prince give to the New York Islanders exactly? Offensive depth? A good option when another player is injured? He’s at best third line player in the NHL. But the Islanders already have a number of guys that can fit that role in 2018-19. Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd, Kieffer Bellows, Josh Ho-Sang, and Shane Prince. That’s five guys for three spots.

Again, the Islanders third line in 2018-19 should be Kieffer Bellows, Josh Ho-Sang, and Brock Nelson. Prince should be nowhere near that line unless injuries occur.

Injuries plagued his 2018-19 season, but with two points in fourteen games, Prince was on pace for 12 points by the end of the season. Why in the world would the New York Islanders keep that type of production around?

If the New York Islanders have Stanley Cup ambitions in 2018-19, as Garth Snow has intimated, then having Shane Prince in your lineup does not reinforce that. In fact, it actually just continues the trend of absolute mediocrity that is the New York Islanders over the last few seasons.

There is absolutely no reason to keep Shane Prince on this team. With similar but better options like Alan Quine or Tanner Fritz to keep on the scratchpad to be a sub in at a moments notice, why keep Prince? That was rhetorical, there’s no reason. None. Not a single one. So…chop, chop!

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