Despite losing their cornerstone player, Andrew Ladd is still optimistic about the New York Islanders 2018-2019 season with a new coach and new general manager.
New York Islanders fans still have a sour taste in their mouth after John Tavares packed up his Maple Leaf pajamas and headed North of the border. It’s going to take awhile to get over this one, but one Islander his pretty excited about 2018-2019.
Andrew Ladd, who is coming off a 29 point (12 goals, 17 assists) season is optimistic about the Islanders chances this upcoming season.
"“He’s on a different team and we’re not worried about him anymore. We’ve just got to worry about what we’re doing and what we need to do to have success. We’ve got a new coach, a new general manager and a lot of things guys should be excited about.”"
Barry Trotz should have a major impact on this club. Remember, the Islanders were statistically the worst defense in the league in 2017-2018. Even with a similar defensive core, the Islanders should be better just by having a coach who knows how to implement defensive structure.
With a few more chips left to move, the Isles can end up being in pretty good shape for this season if Lou Lamoriello decides to add a second line center and another defenseman. I don’t think we’re anywhere close to the final roster.
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