New York Islanders Snubbed Off Top 50 Players In NHL 19
The rankings for NHL 19 came out and there are 0 New York Islanders in the top 50 highest rated players in the entire game.
In not so shocking news, the NHL community has once again overlooked the New York Islanders in terms of rankings. NHL 19 came out with the ratings for the Top 50 players and no New York Islanders are on that list.
If you want to scroll through the list and see who was ranked in the Top 50 you can right here. At 50 was Jonathan Toews with an 87. So the benchmark here is an 87 overall to get on this list.
The most obvious candidate is Mathew Barzal. After a Calder Trophy-winning, 85 point season, how is he less than an 87?
Auston Matthews was the last to take home this award before Barzal. After he won the award, with 69 points, Matthews was the 39th highest player in NHL 18. Yet, with more points, Barzal isn’t in the top 50? That screams biased to me.
If I was the creator of the game I think Barzal would be an 89. It still leaves room for improvements as updates happen during the season while giving him a legit boost. You could also make the case for Anders Lee.
Lee has 74 goals over the last two years. 74! How he’s not even in the conversation for the best 50 players is kind of crazy. A rating of 87 for Lee seems pretty fair if you ask me, he’s only the best power forward in the sport.
Now that we know that Barzal and Lee aren’t on this list, I guess I’ll try to predict what the ratings will be for their starting lineup:
Beauvillier (80) – Barzal (86) – Eberle (83)
Lee (84) – Nelson (79) – Bailey (82)
Ladd (77) – Filppula (79) – Komarov (76)
Martin (76) – Cizikas (77) – Clutterbuck (75)
Leddy (82) – Pulock (80)
Hickey (78) – Boychuk (80)
Pelech (76) – Mayfield (76)
The Islanders have a very mediocre roster and these ratings scream mediocre to me. Yes, I know I’m missing Ja Kovar, Josh Ho-Sang and more but this is simply a prediction of guys who I think will play on opening night (plus Greiss). These ratings stir controversy every year and it’s the perfect August discussion.