A Rallying Cause
Again, no one believes in the Islanders. They lost the cornerstone of their franchise for nothing. John Tavares left after pumping all our tires, and after months of saying he wanted to be here. He left and in his wake the team brought in a bunch of fourth line options.
With Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Ross Johnston and the addition of Matt, Martin, Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, Tom Kuhnhackl, the New York Islanders have more fourth liners then they know what to do with.
How can this team be anything but fodder for the rest of the NHL?
Well much like the Vegas Golden Knights, who were in an identical situation last season, the Islanders have something to prove. Everyone had the Golden Knights written off last season. It wasn’t a question of how well they could do, but how bad they might be.
Would this be the worst NHL expansion season to record?
Turns out that a narrative of “how bad will they be?” can be one heck of a motivator. When a team, a collective of individuals has a common goal it’s surprising what they can get done.
When John Tavares left for the Toronto Maple Leafs after months of saying he wanted to stay the Islanders got their motivation for 2018-19.
In 2018-19 the New York Islanders have something to prove to John Tavares and to the rest of the NHL. They can be successful.