16. Johnny Boychuk (D)
Boychuk looks his age. He’s 34-years-old, turning 35 in January. And at 5on5 Johnny Boychuk doesn’t look like he’s able to keep up. Putting him on the second and third pairings is a good idea. Boychuk isn’t getting the tough assignments he used to get and that’s helping. But its clear that his best years are indeed behind him.
Unfortunately, Johnny Boychuk is still on the Islanders payroll with a $6 million AAV for the next three years after the 2018-19 season.
17. Anthony Beauvillier (LW)
He started the 2018-19 season where he left off in 2017-18 right next to Mathew Barzal when he was scoring a point almost every game. But through the Isles first five games, Beauvillier is without a point.
The first-round pick in 2015 is having a rough start to the season. A rough start that won’t be made better when he’s playing alongside Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov on the third line.
18. Thomas Hickey (D)
Thomas Hickey has been…fine so far this season. That’s probably the best way to describe how he’s been. Through five games this season he hasn’t registered a point and has looked out of place anchoring the Islanders second pairing.
Hickey should be playing on the Islanders third defensive pairing but based on who they chose to populate the roster Hickey is a second pairing player. Last year was a career year for Hickey in terms of production with 25 points after getting an ice-time bump. It doesn’t seem like that will repeat in 2018-19.
19. Adam Pelech (D)
There’s a reason that Adam Pelech went from first pairing defenseman to the scratch pad. He hasn’t been any good. Paired with Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech has been making defensive errors all over the ice. From poor gap control to bad blueline protection, to pinching in when he shouldn’t.
Pelech has his qualities, but none of them were on display so far this season. Perhaps the demands and the speed at which top-line opposition operate is too much for Pelech.