New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan is headed towards free agency. With little options available should the Isles keep him?
The New York Islanders were dismal defensively in 2017-18. The Isles could score with the best of them with 264 goals for. Unfortunately, they let in an NHL worst 296 goals against.
So going into the 2018-19 season the New York Islanders are looking for defense. That’s obvious. They need help rounding out that top four.
Nick Leddy, even with a -42 last season is still the team’s best defender. He isn’t going anywhere. Johnny Boychuk could use a reduction in minutes to continue being as effective as he can be. After a slow start to the season, Ryan Pulock emerged as the Islanders third best D-man.
That’s three of four spots. Going to the trade market might prove to be expensive. Teams know how desperate the Islanders are, and how undesirable of a market the Islanders are. There aren’t many teams in positions where they have to make room like Boston did with Johnny Boychuk in 2014.
And with few defensive options in free agency, should the Islanders just keep Calvin de Haan as their number four defender?
Would the Islanders be better off keeping Calvin de Haan or should they consider other options to round out their top four? With a pros and cons analysis, I’ll try to let you make up your own mind on what the Islanders should do with their former 12th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft.