New York Islanders Daily: Tom Kuhnhackl’s Surprising Effectiveness

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders scores at 5:11 of the first period as he is being tripped by Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks at the Barclays Center on November 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders scores at 5:11 of the first period as he is being tripped by Ben Hutton #27 of the Vancouver Canucks at the Barclays Center on November 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders have had a much-improved bottom six. One of the biggest surprises from there was Tom Kuhnhackl and his surprising effectiveness.

One of the biggest criticisms of the New York Islanders offseason was that they spent far too much time on addressing the bottom six. So far, Lou Lamoriello deserves the benefit of the doubt because they have been much improved.

One of the surprise contributors of that free agency class has been Tom Kuhnhackl. He’s only played seven games so far but he’s been extremely effective when on the ice.

Last night he scored his second and third goal of the season surpassing his goal total from the entire 2017-2018 season when he netted just two goals. He’s also halfway to his point total in just 10 percent of the time it took him to get it last year.

With Martin out, Kuhnhackl should see extended time. He’s been effective when on the ice, especially in his last four games. He has four points over that span. Obviously, Kuhnhackl isn’t a point per game type of player but you have to ride the hot hand when it’s presented to you.

For the first time in a while, the Islanders have depth to their bottom six. The days of Tanner Fritz, Alan Quine and Shane Prince are done with. This group has been effective and one of the main reasons why the Islanders are second in the Metro standings.

Kuhnhacl is shooting at a whopping 42.9 percent. That’s totally sustainable, right?

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