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New York Islanders: Valtteri Filppula Continues Impressive Season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders skates against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 28: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders skates against the Ottawa Senators at the Barclays Center on December 28, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Lou Lamoriello has found good value with Valtteri Filppula who has done a fantastic job serving as the New York Islanders third line center.

The New York Islanders addressed losing John Tavares by signing a bunch of depth players. Many, including myself, were critical of the moves at the time and we’ve been proven wrong so far this year with their success.

Of the offseason moves, I thought the Filppula one was the best of the depth signings. He was coming off a 33 point season with Philadelphia with a good faceoff percentage to boot, something the Islanders could use on their third line.

He’s had a resurgence this year. Filppula has 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists) through 65 games. It’s a pace of 34 points which is more than serviceable from the veteran Filppula. Last night, he had his 15th career two-goal game.

He was out on the ice with an empty net too but unfortunately couldn’t get his first career hat trick. At just $2.75 million he’s one of the more affordable bottom six forwards on the team and one of the more effective.

He’s on a one-year deal, so the debate now is whether or not he will be brought back for next season. If it’s more than $3 million I would say no, but if you can do another year at $3 million I’m in.

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