Going down the left flank of the New York Islanders defense, where do the Isles options rank relative to one another?
I’ve already covered the New York Islanders depth chart for left-wing, center, and right-wing. Now it’s time to move further down the roster and look at the left side of the New York Islanders defense.
The defense was the New York Islanders biggest weakness in 2017-18. With 291 goals against they were the worst defensive team in the NHL last season. By far. Even the Senators and Sabres the 30th and 31st ranked teams in the league had a better defensive record. And the entire defensive core from last season is back in 2018-19.
Relative to the rest of the NHL the Islanders defense doesn’t rank well thanks to last season. According to Corsica.Hockey the Islanders defense ranks 31st out of the 31 teams in the league with 63.43 points. But how do the Islanders defenders rank relative to themselves?
Like I did for the left-wing, center, and the right-wing depth chart, this left defense depth chart will ignore players that aren’t going to play in the NHL this season. Assuming, unlike that last season that everyone stays healthy. That means I won’t include Mitchel Vande Sompel on this list.
The list is my understanding of the Islanders depth chart for left-handed defenders. It’s not how they’ll stack up in terms of what pairing they’ll find themselves on, but where these players rank in terms of their importance to the team.