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New York Islanders 2018-19 Season Good, Bad, Ugly

Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders awaits a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game 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)

The Bad

Anthony Beauvillier

The former first-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft has yet to register a point this season. Even though he started the season next to Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle, Beauvillier hasn’t been able to find the back of the net or get on the end of goal, yet.

It’s resulted in Beauvillier being demoted from the top-line to the third line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov. More importantly, it begs the question: “does Anthony Beauvillier need to be motivated every season?”

Nick Leddy

Just like Anthony Beauvillier, Nick Leddy hasn’t put up a point yet. Eight games into the season and arguably the Islanders best defenseman doesn’t have a point. It’s early, I know. But after the disappointment that was the 2017-18 season, you’d think Leddy would be bursting out of the gates.

Instead, we’re seeing a player that’s having a hard time just getting out of his own zone. Something that was Leddy’s calling card just a few years ago. Something is off with Nick Leddy and has been for some time.

Penalty Kill

What started off as a point of pride is quickly becoming a point of shame. For a few games at the start the 2018-19 season the New York Islanders penalty kill was 100 percent efficient. The signings of Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, and Tom Kuhnhackl looked like great moves by Lou.

But now, eight games into the season the Islanders penalty kill is 19th in the league with a 75 percent efficiency. Remember, the Islanders had the worst penalty kill for decades last season with a 73.2 percent efficiency.

If they stay as efficient as they are now they might find themselves at the bottom of the league yet again.

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