8. Johnny Boychuk
Injuries have killed Johnny Boychuk but he is still a top-three defenseman on the New York Islanders. He’ll likely still be on the top pair with Nick Leddy and he’s hoping to eclipse the 20 point mark again after missing it for the first time since 2012.
7. Ryan Pulock
With 32 points, Pulock had a coming out party. He can easily climb this list as the season goes on but for right now he’s the second most important defensemen the Islanders have. In his second season in the league expect him to be one of the more dominant right-handed threats from the blue line.
6. Anthony Beauvillier
With 21 goals, Beau finished the year extremely strong for the Islanders last season. He will likely play a full season next to Eberle and Barzal so to expect him to put up 25 goals and 50 points isn’t too outlandish. Beau is starting to establish himself as a building block of the future.
5. Nick Leddy
Even after a bad year he still has to be in the top-five. Leddy put up 42 points last year and posted an almost impossible -42, but he’s still the best all-around defensemen on the team. Expect him to bounce back in a big way this year.
4. Josh Bailey
For the first time in his career, Bailey eclipsed the 70 point mark putting up 18 goals and 53 assists. He won’t have the luxury of playing with John Tavares anymore but he should still be a very productive top-six forward on this team.