Since July 1st, there’s been one heck of an overhaul of the New York Islanders roster. To get familiar with the team were going to look at a position-by-position depth chart. Starting with left wing.
In building this depth chart I wanted to stick with players that could play for the New York Islanders this season. Oliver Wahlstrom is a fantastic prospect, but he isn’t making the Islanders this season.
There’s no reason to include any other left winger in the New York Islanders organization if he isn’t making the team now. That means no Michael Dal Colle or Otto Koivula or Matt Lorito. That last name wasn’t made up, he’s on the Islanders books for $1.1 million worth of minors salary over the next two years.
Unfortunately as well see, there are too many players for the number of spots available. Forcing someone out of the lineup on opening day.
The first position I’m going to look at is the left wing. For no better reason than you read left-to-right. When you look at a lineup the left winger is the first name you read.
Players were ranked based on their production last season. I didn’t break down production based on ice time. Even if Ross Johnston produced more points per 60 than Anthony Beauvillier there’s no justification to put Johnston on line two.
Players were also ranked based on their potential for the 2018-19 season. Even though Andrew Ladd showed some good flashes at the start of the 2017-18 season, there’s no reason to play him over, again, Anthony Beauvillier who showed 60 point potential in the second half of 2017-18.
And, lastly, if there’s anyway way they might not reach that potential. As in, could that player underperform, and if they face un uphill battle to make the roster. Like Kieffer Bellows.