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New York Islanders: 5 Biggest Questions Heading Into 2018-2019

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals speaks to the media after his team's 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Two of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 30: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals speaks to the media after his team's 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Two of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 30: Head coach Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals speaks to the media after his team’s 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game Two of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 30, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

Heading into the 2018-19 season a number of questions surround the New York Islanders. What are the five pressing questions for next season?

A ton of questions are swirling around the New York Islanders these days. That’s to be expected when a franchise goes through the sort of overhaul the Islanders went through over the last three months.

Since April the following has taken place. In comes world class management such as Lou Lamoriello to oversee the Isles hockey operations, and Barry Trotz to be the teams the first coach with NHL experience and a Stanley Cup ring since Al Arbour retired in 1994.

Out went world class talent in John Tavares to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. And in his wake came a torrent of players to fill an already crowded Islanders bottom six.

With all that change, what exactly are the New York Islanders going to be like in 2018-19? Is the big question we all have on our minds right now. But within that one question are a number of smaller questions.

Questions like: will there be room on this roster for the talented youth in the Isles system ready for the NHL like Josh Ho-Sang or Kieffer Bellows? Or can Mathew Barzal step up and be that number one center for the Islanders?

What are the five biggest questions on New York Islanders fans minds as the franchise transitions from the 12-year Garth rebuild and the Tavares-era, to an era where the Islanders are a regular functioning NHL franchise?

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