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New York Islanders Four Players That Need Bounce Back Second Half

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 17: Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 05: Cal Clutterbuck #15 and Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders celebrate with teammates after scoring in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center on November 5, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Cal Clutterbuck

Clutterbuck has seven points in 37 games this season. That puts him on pace for 14. That would be a career low for Clutterbuck (not counting the lockout shortened year).

With the amount of time that Clutterbuck is getting on the power play, those numbers need to be higher. One of his seven points come from the man advantage.

Look, Matt Martin already has more goals than Cal has points. And Martin isn’t getting power play time. Cal Clutterbuck needs to up his offensive game in the second half.

You could argue that the fourth line is performing perfectly well with Cal’s output right now. That’s true. But there will come a point when Mathew Barzal isn’t Mathew Barzal (even just for a game or two). Or when the Isles top six isn’t scoring.

They’ll need their depth players like Cal Clutterbuck to fill that void when the time comes.

It’s not to say that the Islanders offence will at some point rest on the shoulders of human battering ram Cal Clutterbuck. But if he can get his production to a quarter point per game (he’s at 0.19PP/g) he’ll up his pace to 20 points by the end of the season.

Just like everyone else on the list, that’s possible. Again, Matt Martin has more goals than Clutterbuck has points. And Casey Cizikas is playing some of the best hockey I’ve see him play in a long time. Cizikas is on pace for 38 points this season.

Cal is with the right guys to get that production up, even just marginally.

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