The New York Islanders may have lost 4-1 to Barry Trotz’s former team, but the coach is happy with the process the team is making.
To the surprise of many, the New York Islanders are 12-9-2 to start their 2018-2019 season. After losing John Tavares, the thought process was the Islanders were going to really struggle, yet here they are after Thanksgiving in the midst of a playoff race.
The man behind this start is Barry Trotz, and the former Stanley Cup-winning coach is fairly happy with the process the team has made.
"“We’re trending in the right direction from a total hockey standpoint, from the people running it, such as Lou [Lamoriello], and the infrastructure behind that."
The Islanders turnaround wasn’t expected to happen overnight. That’s the point that Trotz is trying to hit home. They’ve made strides already but long-term they’re only going to get better.
The frustration from the fanbase, at times, is understandable but with Lamoriello and Trotz at the helm, it’s easy to feel confident in the direction. They have talented prospects at all the major positions and a ton of cap space going into next year.
With a few changes, the Islanders could be ready to be competing for a serious playoff spot next year. Right now, it feels as if a Wild Card is this team’s ceiling but by the time the new arena opens the Isles will be a contender if all things go according to the Lamoriello and Trotz plan.
Trust the process, it’ll be worth it.
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