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New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Goaltender Depth Chart

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 9: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a drink in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the KeyBank Center on January 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 9: Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres takes a drink in the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at the KeyBank Center on January 9, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
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In 2017-18 the New York Islanders were terrible defensively. Their defenders had no idea where to be or what to do. But their goaltending never bailed them out with a save either.

We’ve all heard how terrible the New York Islanders defense was last season. With 293 goals against they held the worst defensive record in the NHL.

The defensive structure that then head coach Doug Weight had instilled wasn’t working. The Islanders were bleeding shots to the tune of 50 against a night.

Generally speaking more shots against leads to more goals against. Unless your team has a goaltender that can stop a few pucks from turning into goals. In Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, the Islanders didn’t.

In 54 games played in 2017-18 Halak held a 3.19 GAA and .908 SV%. For his part, Greiss held an even worse 3.82 GAA and .892 SV%. Obviously, both had seasons well below their NHL averages.

Going into 2018-19 this had to change if the New York Islanders held any hope of making the post-season. A goaltending tandem that averaged three to four goals against and stopped just over ninety percent of the shots they faced won’t win many games.

For the 2018-19 depth chart what I’m going to evaluate is the impact a player should have on the team next season. And just like the other five depth charts, I won’t be looking at players who aren’t going to make the roster this season. So Ilya Sorokin won’t be part of this list.

Other Islanders depth charts:

Left-Wing
Center
Right-Wing
Left Defense
Right Defense

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