20. Luca Sbisa (D)
He’s been scratched for most of the season, for good reason. He hasn’t looked very good when he’s out on the ice. Sure, he’s got a point. So he’s produced. Unfortunately, he helped the Islanders opponents produce as well.
Luca Sbisa is an absolute defensive liability on the ice for the Islanders. And Barry Trotz seems to know that, now. Sbisa has played three games for the Islanders already, but it’s unlikely he plays much more unless injuries occur.
21. Andrew Ladd (LW)
Yes, he has a goal in his only game played so far. But to be fair, Ladd has only played two game so far this season. Hopefully, he jumps up the rankings with his ability to create possession, and his historical ability to score goals.
But because of his limited playing time and his production over the last two years with the Isles, Andrew Ladd ranks at the near bottom of the list for now.
22. Ross Johnston (LW)
Ross Johnston got his first taste of the 2018-19 season against the Anaheim Ducks. The Islanders used the big 6’4” tough guy on the fourth line with Cizikas and Clutterbuck as Matt Martin sits out. He even got a point for his efforts.
Much like Andrew Ladd, Johnston has had limited playing time, so judging his impact is tough. And as quickly as Johnston was added to the roster, he’s been quickly worked out in favor of Matt Martin against the Los Angeles Kings.
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23. Tom Kuhnhackl (RW)
Tom Kuhnhackl has been a zero factor for the New York Islanders this season. You know what? That’s fine. Kuhnhackl wasn’t brought in to be a top line player or challenge for a permanent spot. He was brought in to slot into the lineup when the Islanders need someone to fill in a few minutes.
And Kuhnhackl has done exactly that. He hasn’t been good, but then again he hasn’t been bad either. He’s played his role as roster filler well. Doesn’t mean he should jump up the rankings though. He’s a bit player and so to the bottom, he goes.