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New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Right-Wing Depth Chart

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 18: Tom Kuhnhackl #34 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the puck in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 18: Tom Kuhnhackl #34 of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes the puck in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Tom Kuhnhackl

2017-18 Stats: 2G, 6A, 8P
Cap Hit: $700,000 | 1 Year

In the 2018 free agency window, Lou Lamoriello brought in former Pittsburgh Penguin Tom Kuhnhackl on a $700,000 deal. For reasons, only Lou and a few of his key advisors know.

In 69 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017-18, Kuhnhackl recorded a career-low eight points. He also had a career-low in terms of possession with a 43.6 percent Corsi-For. It wasn’t a banner year for Kuhnhackl.

Kuhnhackl brings little to the table the Islanders don’t already have. It’s not that he’s a bad player. It’s that what he offers (defensively responsible, physical, tenacious, and hard-working) the Islanders already had on the roster or added in other pieces through trades and other free agents.

The New York Islanders already have players on the roster that offer the same qualities but better. Players like Cal Clutterbuck, Ross Johnston, Casey Cizikas. Then they added Leo Komarov and Matt Martin to the mix. Making Kuhnackl’s abilities all the more obsolete.

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At best Kuhnhackl is going to be a scratch pad player for the New York Islanders this season. He’ll dress for a game here and there, but he won’t be relied upon to provide a service every night. He is very much the fifth man on the Islanders right-wing depth chart.

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