New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Left Wing Depth Chart
2017-18 Stats: 3G, 9A, 12P
Cap Hit: $2.5 million | 2 Years
Matt Martin is back with the New York Islanders. That just sounds right. After a number of successful seasons with the Islanders, and was an integral part of the best fourth line in hockey, it was difficult to see him leave in free agency. But now he’s back thanks to a trade that sent Eamon McAdams to Toronto.
Going into the 2018-19 season Matt Martin has to be seen as the Islanders number four lefty. The only reason they brought him back was to rekindle the chemistry he had with Cizikas and Clutterbuck.
(Maybe it wasn’t the only reason. There’s the whole he-wants-to-be-here angle that was incredibly important in the post-Tavares decision days).
This could fail, however. There’s a reason the Toronto Maple Leafs scratched him a number of times last season. He just wasn’t that effective in their high octane offense.
Maybe the slower pace of play that the Islanders will play within 2018-19 will suit Martin better. Either way, the Islanders have a contingency plan in Ross Johnston. The 6’4” winger played the exact same role that Martin did those years ago. If Martin falters, Johnston can step in.