New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Right Defense Depth Chart
2017-18 Stats: 2G, 10A, 12P
Cap Hit: $1.45 million | 5 Years
I like Scott Mayfield. I like what he brings to the team in terms of his physical play and what a 6’4″ 227lbs frame brings to a hockey game. But he’s not just some big boy on skates that tosses his body around like a battering ram.
Scott Mayfield can contribute offensively as well. His 12 points last season don’t scream offensive juggernaut, but when you look at his points per 60 he’s pretty darn effective. Mayfield’s 0.96 points-per-60 ranked fifth amongst New York Islanders defensemen.
Again, I like what Scott Mayfield brings to the New York Islanders lineup. But with that being said, I don’t think he belongs anywhere North of the third pairing.
Scott Mayfield is a player that should be out there for 12-15 minutes a night and play primarily in the defensive zone. Maybe a bit of penalty kill time. But that’s it. His offensive zone time should be brief, and his power play time non-existent.
What Mayfield brings to the New York Islanders is a responsible player who can leap over the boards, help his team get out of trouble and impose himself on a game physically.
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There’s no reason to believe that the New York Islanders right-handed defensemen depth chart won’t be the exact representation of the lineup in 2018-19. Pulock up top with Leddy, Boychuk on the second pair with Thomas Hickey, and Scott Mayfield shadowing Adam Pelech. With barry Trotz that might be a good, not great, NHL blue line.