Players to Watch
Shayne Ghostisbehere | D
With only three points on the season, Shayne Gostisbehere isn’t on pace to duplicate his 64 points from last season. The Florida native has an incredible shot from the point and is excellent on the power play. We all saw his prowess during the preseason when Gostisbehere scored a ton of goals against the Isles.
Claude Giroux | C/RW
Last season and Giroux exploded for 102 points. With eleven points in ten games, Giroux is on pace to hit at least 90 points for the third time in his 12-year NHL career. Giroux isn’t some sort of dark horse to watch because he might come up with a nice play. He’s a player to watch because he will come up with a big play.
New York Islanders
Anthony Beauvillier | LW
Without a point in the first eight games of the season, Anthony Beauvillier is having a rough go. That rough start earned him a demotion off the Barzal line to play with Valtteri Filppula and Leo Komarov on line three. Obviously, that did little to boost his productivity. Now that he’s seemingly back on Barzal’s line, can Beau produce? Did the demotion to line three work to get Beau back?
Nick Leddy | D
Just like Beauvillier, Nick Leddy hasn’t scored a point so far this season. Back in last November Doug Weight was calling for Nick Leddy to be included in Norris talks and here we are less than a year later and Nick Leddy has only scored 19 points. That’s right from November 23rd, 2017, to October 27th, 2018 Nick Leddy has scored a total of 19 points across 67 NHL games.
Leddy has to eventually break out of that funk, and why not against a team that the Isles had such success against last season?