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New York Islanders Five Christmas Gifts For Players and Management

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: A view of the Christmas Tree at the Lotte New York Palace Annual Tree Lighting on November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lotte Place New York Palace)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: A view of the Christmas Tree at the Lotte New York Palace Annual Tree Lighting on November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Lotte Place New York Palace) /
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 26: Adam Pelech #50 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period against the Florida Panthers during their game at Barclays Center on March 26, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Adam Pelech | Rare Candy

Ever play pokémon? For those that didn’t let me explain to you what “rare candy” is. Basically, it’s a piece of candy that shows up rarely in the game (you probably already figured that out by its name). But when you give it to one of your Pokémon they level up by a full level immediately.

The Islanders could use this piece of fictional candy for Adam Pelech who’s regressed this season.

Going into 2018-19, Pelech looked like a solid 5-6 option with the potential to maybe someday get into a top-four slot. What Pelech offers is a steady and dependable presence on the blueline. A player that can absorb a number of minutes and not be a negative factor out on the ice.

But so far this season Pelech has looked out of place in Barry Trotz new system. Pelech’s gap control is weak, his ability to take the puck out of the zone is lacking, and his overall defensive game seems rather weak.

If not for Luca Sbisa, Adam Pelech would certainly be the seventh man on the rotation.

But with three years with $1.6 million per and still an RFA after that deals done he’s here to stay. Leveling him up immediately without any sort of extra work up would be the best way to get the best out of him sooner rather than later.

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