New York Islanders Daily: Power Play Shuffle At Practice

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores at 3:17 of the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores at 3:17 of the first period against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Barclays Center on December 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders power play, which is 1-for-28, was shuffled up at practice yesterday with two youngsters replacing a couple of veterans.

It’s nearly impossible to be this bad on the power play. In the New York Islanders last 28 chances, Dating back to November 18, the Isles have just one goal on the man advantage. Barry Trotz has his hands full trying to fix this issue.

Yesterday, Trotz decided to swap out a couple of underperforming veterans for a couple promising younger players, a move I’m always on board with. Cal Clutterbuck and Johnny Boychuk were replaced by Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Ho-Sang.

Clutterbuck has the same number of power play points in the last five years (3) as Josh Ho-Sang does in his 43 game stint in the NHL. As for Beauvillier, he’s been on fire lately finding the back of the net with ease. As much as Boychuk might like to shoot I’m all on board with trying out something different.

It would be crazy for the Isles to continue to roll out the same power play units and expect different results. Maybe it is time for Josh Ho-Sang to escape from the press box.

Certainly, he can provide you more offensive upside than Ross Johnston or Tom Kuhnhackl who have both surprisingly played in roles outside of the fourth line. JHS deserves a shot at the lineup and if he doesn’t play on Saturday they’re just wasting his time up here.

I’m all for Beau and Ho-Sang getting chances on the power play, essentially anything that shortens Cal Clutterbuck’s ice time is a blessing.

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