7. Casey Cizikas
Casey Cizikas is an integral part of what the Islanders do with their bottom six. The now 27-year-old has been a mainstay on the Islanders fourth line since 2012.
So far this year he has two goals and an assist in four games. Granted, his production likely won’t last he’s a valuable penalty killer and someone who can win faceoffs in a big spot.
8. Matt Martin
The return of Matt Martin has been a welcomed one. He’s played four games so far and he even scored a goal already. He’s not known for his goal scoring, but he’s returned a physical style to the Islanders.
He’s averaging 3.5 hits per game, and his play can change the momentum of a game. Right now, even with being a healthy scratch against Anaheim, he’s been very productive in his role.
9. Thomas Greiss
Mr. Thomas Greiss has been very effective for the New York Islanders. In his first three starts, he has a .914 save percentage and a 2.70 goals against average.
That’s a vast improvement for Greiss who was arguably the worst goalie in hockey with a .892 save percentage and a 3.82 goals against average last season.