The Metropolitan Division has one team openly rebuilding and another seven arguably trying to make the playoffs and maybe win a Stanley Cup. Projecting how the Metro might end up doesn’t look good for the Isles.
Every year it seems like there’s an arms race in the Metropolitan Division teams are picking up quality players left and right. The New York Islanders are never one of those teams. This year is no different.
After losing a point-per-game player in John Tavares, the New York Islanders added a string of bottom six players. While other teams in the division either added quality in areas they were lacking last season or just consolidated what the quality they had already.
For the third year in a row, the Stanley Cup champion is from the Metropolitan Division. Over the last two seasons, the top four teams in the division finished with 100 points or more.
The Metropolitan Division is tough to get through. And by adding more bottom six players then there are bottom six positions its hard to have any confidence the Isles could make the playoffs this season.
But then again, the Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup finals and they were loaded with bottom six players. So anything is possible I guess, right?
The quality of the Metropolitan Division is clear for everyone to see. Unfortunately, the New York Islanders are nowhere near the top of the division. In all actuality they’re closer to the bottom then they are at the top.