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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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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: New York Islanders Joshua Ho-Sang (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Will There Be Room for Youth

Look at the New York Islanders roster. They have players for every position. In fact, they have too many players for certain positions already. And that’s without the likes of Josh Ho-Sang and Kieffer Bellows on the roster. Both players are absolutely ready for the NHL.

In Ho-Sang’s short time in the NHL, 42 games across two seasons, he’s been nothing short of electric with the puck. He’s one of the teams better puck carriers. And he’s a great passer and setup man. And he’s only played 42 NHL games since being drafted in 2014.

Bellows is another Isles prospects who are ready for the next step. Bellows left the NCAA and joined the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL so he could play more in order get ready for the NHL. With 74 points in 56 games, he seems ready.

But where could either wingers slot into the New York Islanders roster? The Isles top six is already stacked with Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Anthony Beauvillier, and Josh Bailey. And the bottom six isn’t any less spacious.

The third line left-wing and right-wing position could be filled by any combination of Andrew Ladd, Leo Komarov, Brock Nelson/Jan Kovar. So where are either Ho-Sang or Bellows supposed to fit in this mix?

I think we can agree that a year in the AHL for Kieffer Bellows won’t be a bad thing for his career. Unless Ho-Sang has a flat training camp he should be playing in the NHL in 2018-19. I just don’t see how, unless some of these players spots are more fluid than we believe.

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