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New York Islanders Three Candidates for 2018-19 Team MVP

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 20: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders pauses during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Ducks 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 20: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders pauses during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Ducks 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 29: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Through 65 games of the 2018-19 season, what New York Islanders player deserves to be the teams MVP? Who’s been instrumental in getting the Islanders where they are this season?

The New York Islanders are already over three-quarters of the way through their 2018-19 season. That’s right. They’ve played 65 games of 82. The end is much closer than the beginning.

We already know the end is going to be much better this season than it was last. With 81 point on the year, the New York Islanders have already exceed their 82 game point total from last season. (They did it against the Maple Leafs of all games.)

As we get to the end of the season, it’s time to think about who is the Islanders most valuable player is. Who’s had the greatest impact for the New York Islanders on the ice? Who on the roster has given the Islanders the best chance to win every night?

That means I won’t be talking about head coach Barry Trotz. Even though he’d otherwise be the runaway favorite for an Islanders MVP award. What he’s been able to achieve within months on the job is incredible.

Nor will I talk about GM Lou Lamoriello. He purposed built this team to do exactly what they’re doing right now and he looks like a genius for it.

But again, he, nor Barry Trotz are on the ice and that’s all we care about right now.

There are three individual New York Islanders players who have a case as MVPs for the 2018-19 season. Three players have given invaluable contributions to the Islanders this season. Three players who’ve had a huge impact on the team.

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