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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammae Mathew Barzal #13 after Eberle scored the game winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.The New York Islanders defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

3. Anders Lee

For the first time in his career, Anders Lee eclipsed the 40 goal mark. Over the past two years, with 74 goals to his name, he’s been one of the best power forwards in the game. Lee always finds himself in the best places to be offensively, right in front of the net, and he has created a nice little niche with the Islanders the past few years.

2. Jordan Eberle

Even though he had 59 points last year, which is still good just less than some other forwards, Eberle is still the second best forward on this team. He’s been the most consistent over the course of his career and deserves to be credited for it. He should be penciled in for roughly 60 points heading into a contract year.

  1. Mathew Barzal

The kid who won the Calder is the most important player, and the best player, going into 2017-2018. He shined with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists) in his rookie year at just 20 years old. He’s only getting better and it should be really fun watching him continue to grow these next few seasons.

Next. 5 biggest questions heading into 2018-2019

While putting together this list it was easy to notice that the team is very top heavy. One through seven is very solid but then it gets very mediocre after that. 2017-2018 is likely a rebuilding season but there are some quality pieces going forward.

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