2017-18 Stats: 3G, 3A, 6P
Cap Hit: $1 million | 4 Years
After a great 2017-18 season for the big Ross Johnston, he’s the odd man out on the left wing. Sort of. His performance last year still parlayed him into a four-year $4 million contract extension with the Islanders. So while he isn’t guaranteed a spot on the game-day roster his bank account is guaranteed to be $4 million richer.
With the acquisition of Matt Martin, Johnston’s spot on the team is immediately in question. With Martin, the Islanders acquired a guy with the exact same skill set as Johnston but with the added bonus of having chemistry with Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck.
It’s hard to see Ross Johnston getting much playing time in 2018-19. Perhaps he’s forced to play on his off wing when the Islanders want to double up on big tough players and play both Martin and Johnston. It would be the closest thing the NHL has ever come to the Bash Brothers in Mighty Ducks 2.
(I now want nothing more than this to happen. At least once.)
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The Islanders have a ton of options at left-wing. They have some good quality up top and some great options for that fourth line. They have so many options that they’ll have to play some further up the roster. I hope you like tough physical grueling hockey, cause that’s what we’re getting down the left in 2018-19.