New York Islanders: Andrew Ladd Quietly Producing Since Return
Andrew Ladd has played three games with the New York Islanders since returning from injury and he has a point in each game back.
Over the past three seasons, Andrew Ladd has been one of the more frustrating New York Islanders. In July of 2016, he received a whopping seven-year contract from General Manager, Garth Snow.
At $5.5 million per year the price was rather steep and the term seemed a bit too long for an older veteran. The deal has since backfired and it’s been one of the worst deals going in the NHL right now.
His first year he put up 23 goals, which you’d take from Ladd but he only had eight assists. That’s almost impossible in 78 games. Anyway, the hope was that the assists would come and that he would get up to 40 points in 2017-2018.
Instead, we saw a regression. He had 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 73 games played. Ladd on the third line was virtually useless last year.
In 2018-2019, Ladd has been mostly injured. He’s played in just 17 games this year, except this year he’s actually producing when in the lineup. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in those 17 games and since coming back from injury he has a point in each game.
Andrew Ladd has three games under his belt and has an assist in all three games, if you back it up, Ladd has an assist in four straight games including his final game before the injury. Over the course of a full season he would be on pace for 48 points.
The only issue is that at most he’s going to play 34 games this season which would mean the third straight year of not living up to his contract. At 33 years old it appears that Andrew Ladd will never live up to the entirity of the contract he received.
The Isles best hope is that Ladd can provide depth scoring in the playoffs, and be the veteran leader he was originally paid to be. Ladd is still not great at this point in his career, but if yoy can at minimum squeeze some depth scoring and veteran leadership out of him I think you sign up for it.