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New York Islanders Roster Power Rankings Mathew Barzal On Top

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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)

The 2018-19 NHL season is only five games old for the New York Islanders. It’s young, but how would you rank the players based on their performances so far?

With only five games played in the regular season, it is too early to judge how the season might go for the New York Islanders. Fortunately, it isn’t too early to judge how all 23 players have performed so far this season.

This ranking is strictly how they’ve impacted the club so far this year. This isn’t a projection on how they’ll be by the time game 82 is said and done in April. This is very much a “what have you done for me lately” type of ranking.

1. Mathew Barzal

It’s to no surprise that Mathew Barzal has been the best Islander through the early parts of the season. In the first four games of the year, Barzal has five points (1 goal, 4 assists).

He’s coming off a season that yielded the Calder Trophy. He was over a point per game, 85 points, last year and is on pace to do it again this year too.

Barzal seems to be doing just fine with more responsibility on the top line to little surprise.

2. Josh Bailey

2017-2018 was the best year of Josh Bailey’s career. He put up 71 points in 76 games and he’s already on pace to be just as effective in 2018-2019 on his first year of the new deal.

In the Islanders first four games, he has four points to his name (1 goal, 3 assists). He’s also been extremely effective on the power play serving in the “Alex Ovechkin” role by the right faceoff circle.

Bailey also had to silence his critics who said he couldn’t do it without John Tavares. So far he’s done just that.

3. Anders Lee

Over the past two seasons, almost no one has been better at finding the net than Anders Lee. Since the start of the 2016 season, Anders Lee has 76 goals.

Two of those 76 goals have come in the Islanders first few games of this season. He’s doing exactly what Anders Lee is supposed to do.

He’s creating problems in front of the net and finding the twine, especially on the power play. He’s a key piece of the Islanders effective power play.

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