Michael Dal Colle
Michael Dal Colle is another young forward that fans seem to overrate. He’s played 23 games this year and has looked a little more comfortable than he did last year, but he hasn’t given the Isles much offensively.
Through 23 games, he has five points (2 goals, 3 assists). That’s a pace of just 18 points over a full season which is numbers that project as a fourth line player.
While he’s given the Islanders more this year than many expected, it’s still not nearly as much as fans make it out to be. He has a good Corsi, at 52.5 percent helping the Islanders out in an area they’re poor in but they aren’t getting as much of a return for him offensively as you would hope.
It seems like Dal Colle is going to be someone who puts up numbers in the AHL but can’t get it to translate at the NHL level. That’s pretty disappointing for a top-five pick but based on the last few years this should’ve been a conclusion at this point.
Just because he’s serviceable at the NHL level doesn’t mean he should play with Mathew Barzal or have any role into the top-six.