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.