The chatter around the New York Islanders this offseason was concerning a loss of quality with little coming back. That might seem like the case but the Islanders still have talent and skill in the roster.
During the offseason the New York Islanders lost a huge part of their team in John Tavares. The loss of the team captain and perennial offensive leader was a big blow for the Islanders who were looking to make progress after two not so good years.
That loss was compounded when the names that started coming to the Islanders after Tavares’ decision weren’t anywhere near the same pedigree and quality of Tavares.
During free agency Leo Komarov, Valtteri Filppula, Robin Lehner and Tom Kuhnhackl were brought in. A goalie who’s previous team took active steps in order for him to no longer be on their roster and four bottom six offensive players.
It wasn’t a good look. It was enough to rattle the recently built up confidence in Islanders fans with the appointment of Lou Lamoriello and then Barry Trotz. Lou had to get on the air to calm everyone down a bit. Get everyone to step off the ledge and reassure them that everything was going to be OK.
Now that we’re all calm its time to take a look at the New York Islanders 23-man active roster (according to Cap Friendly). We wanted to examine where that quality is with a 23-man Isles power ranking. Who’s the Isles best player, and who is scratch pad lock in 2018-19?