With a quarter of the season gone, there are a few things that I wish the New York Islanders had on their 2018-19 roster.
December is here. The New York Islanders have played 24 games and happily sit a single point out of a wildcard spot (held by the New York Rangers).
A number of us (myself included) didn’t think that the New York Islanders would be where they are. But it goes to show why some coaches are paid millions of dollars a year. Setting up a team with a proper defensive structure and know how.
What Barry Trotz has been able to do with the blue line is remarkable. He’s taken virtually the same group of defenseman that had that worst defensive record in the NHL last season and turn them into the seventh best defense in the NHL this season (so far).
It’s an absolutely stunning turnaround mainly due to the fact that it seemed to happen overnight. And with the same, if not worse cast of defensemen. The Isles lost Calvin de Haan and brought in Luca Sbisa during the free agency window. That’s not a one-for-one swap.
With that being said there are still some I wish the New York Islanders had on their roster this season. The Islanders are playing very well right now. But they could be better.
And seeing as how it’s not officially the season of wish lists I felt like the Islanders could use one too.