The New York Islanders are in a funk at the moment. Changes need to be made to get this team going again. Here’s a few ideas for Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello to mull over.
We’re now over a quarter way through the 2018-19 season and the New York Islanders have made it to a playoff position without much talent on the team. That lack of talent is starting to show as the Isles drop four of their last five games (one was a shoutout loss to the Boston Bruins).
The power play is the first item on the New York Islanders “fix-list”. After their most recent game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Islanders are 0-for-19 on the man advantage. That cold streak has landed them nearly at the bottom of the NHL in terms of PP efficiency.
The Islanders also need to find a way to get the puck out of the zone. For large portions of any game, they get hemmed into their own zone for far too long. They need a defensive player that can lug the puck out of the zone.
It’s time for Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz to see what else they have not only on the NHL roster but within the Islanders system. The Isles have a need to add more offense in any situation (mainly on the power play) and an ability to move the puck out of their own zone.
Here are three moves (from outside and inside the roster) that the New York Islanders can use to address their issues.