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New York Islanders Roster Power Ranking Preseason 2018-2019

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders wears a "DIFD - Do It For Daron" hat during warmups prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on January 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The charitible venture supports mental health initiatives and is named in honor of Daron Richardson the daughter of the Islanders assistant coach Luke Richardson. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders wears a "DIFD - Do It For Daron" hat during warmups prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Barclays Center on January 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The charitible venture supports mental health initiatives and is named in honor of Daron Richardson the daughter of the Islanders assistant coach Luke Richardson. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – OCTOBER 11: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders looks on during the second period of a game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on October 11, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

13. Jan Kovar

Jan Kovar was hard to place on this list because he has never played in the NHL. If he wins the second line center job he could easily jump up on the list but for now, he lands at about the halfway point because he’s an unknown. He put up 35 points (7 goals, 28 assists) in the KHL last year, but put up over 50 from 2011-2017.

12. Andrew Ladd

Andrew Ladd was not very good last year. He put up 29 points which is the lowest he’s put up since his second year in the league in 2006-2007. He should slot into the third line on this team and hopefully, he gives you something closer t 20 goals and 35 points.

11. Thomas Hickey

On an awful defensive unit, Hickey had a career year in 2017-2018. His 25 points (5 goals, 20 assists) were a career high and he was somehow a plus 20 on the worst defense in the league. Hickey likely will start the year on the second pair with Ryan Pulock.

10. Brock Nelson

It’s a huge year for Brock. He’s on a one year prove it deal and is coming off arguably the worst year of his career. He scored 19 goals, just under his perennial 20 goal mark, and had 35 points. We know what Brock is at this point in his career, an inconsistent frustrating forward.

9. Robin Lehner

The Islanders have a new starting goalie, and they’re hoping Lehner can return to 2015-2016 form. Last year was a down year for Lehner but he’s arguably the most important free agent acquisition of the offseason.

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