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New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Center Depth Chart

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders have five potential centers to play in the 2018-19 season. How do they rank amongst each other?

At the end of the 2017-18 season, the New York Islanders had strength down the middle of the ice. They had John Tavares leading the line with his 84 points followed by Mathew Barzal and his 85 points on line two.

The duo was a great one-two punch that pushed the Islanders offense into the top ten of the league. But Tavares’ departure in free agency forced the Isles to hit the reset button down the middle.

Much like the left-wing depth chart for the 2018-19 NHL season, this center depth chart will be based on a few areas.

Must Read: Isles 2018-19 Left Wing Depth Chart

First, I’m not going to consider players that aren’t going to make the team. Scott Eansor and John Stevens are two centers under contract with the New York Islanders. But unless the injury bug strikes hard, they won’t see any NHL playing time.

To rank the name on the list I based my opinion on their production from last season. I also looked at their potential for the 2018-19 season. What could they bring and how that could fit with what the Islanders would need.

And then I looked at how my ranking could be wrong. As in, is there a way that, for example, Jan Kovar could actually be the lowest ranked center on the team?

Down the middle, the New York Islanders are nowhere near as strong as they were last season. But they’ve got some interesting options going into the 2018-19 NHL season.

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