What New York Islanders could win a major trophy, such as the Hart or Jack Adams trophy, at the end of the 2018-19 NHL seasons?
Mathew Barzal’s Calder Trophy win from last season was the first time the New York Islanders won a major trophy since Michael Peca won the Selke trophy in 2002. Barzal’s Calder was a shot of confidence for a fanbase who desperately needed it.
For years the Islanders were a failed franchise with very little positivity on or off the ice. Not since the New York Islanders, golden days were they respected in the league. hey had a few glimmers here and there, but nothing sustained.
The fact that the New York Islanders have Mathew Barzal lessens the blow of losing Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs. One superstar out, and an emerging superstar is born. And the Islanders have him for years to come.
The hope for the Islanders going into 2018-19 is that they can remain competitive with the rest of the stacked Metropolitan Division. If they hope to stand a chance they’ll need some standout seasons from some of their key individuals like Barzal.
To surprise all of the doubters, the Islanders will need an MVP like season from their emerging superstar Mathew Barzal as well as trophy worthy seasons from elsewhere on the team.
Here are some individuals who could be on stage with some new silverware in July.