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New York Islanders: Looking Back On 25 Predictions For 2018-2019

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Jan Kovar #10 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders shut out the Flyers 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Bad

Alright, some of these are really bad. But, one thing is for sure, I’ll always admit when I’m wrong. If I’m going out on a limb with a take, you better believe I’ll be there to hear the noise if I’m off.

Barzal eclipses 90 points

After 85 in his rookie year, I thought we would see an increase. We did not. Barzal finished with 62 points, leading the team.

Beau scores 27 goals

Anthony Beauvillier was on a scoring tear at the end of last year. I thought it would transition into this season and it did not. He finished with 18 goals.

Ryan Pulock will have 15+ goals

He had 9, but he was better defensively and still had 37 points. I’m okay with being wrong here.

Michael Dal Colle plays zero NHL games this year

I was very down on MDC before this year. He played in 28 games and had seven points. He was very okay, mostly in a third line role.

Jordan Eberle will be traded at the deadline

I thought the Islanders would be out of it and sell at the deadline. They did not, and they were very much inactive at the deadline anyway.

Nick Leddy in the top-20 for Norris

Leddy wasn’t good at all this year. He finished with just 26 points and was pretty nonexistent in the playoffs.

Anders Lee signs a six-year $42 million extension

Anders Lee didn’t sign a contract during the regular season. He’s a pending UFA.

Josh Ho-Sang earns NHL spot

Ho-Sang played in just 10 games in the NHL. He was okay in those 10 games but ultimately did not earn a roster spot and was sent back down to the AHL.

Brock Nelson struggles as the second center

I was way off on Brock. He was great for the Islanders all year long and he eclipsed the 50 point mark for the first time in his career.

Jan Kovar gets an extension

lol…just, lol.

Mat Barzal will lead the team in WAR

Ryan Pulock led the way with a 1.8 WAR. mat Barzal finished fifth with a 1.1

Anders Lee finishes top-10 in goals

He finished 49th, with 28 goals.

Ross Johnston leads the team in penalty minutes

Johnston played just 17 games. Somehow he still had 23 minutes of penalties though.

Isles finish 7th in the Metro

At the time, this wasn’t a hot take at all. I’ve never been gladder to be wrong about a team.

Islanders will have multiple first-round picks by years end

This one I guess can still happen, but I was talking about a trade deadline move. They still have just their first-round selection.

Islanders sweep season series with Rangers

Usually, the Islanders are great against the Rangers. This year, they split the series with two games apiece.

Barzal will finish with more points than Tavares

He did not. And it wasn’t really all that close.

Next. Islanders offseason agenda

Well, there you have it. That’s a look at my preseason thoughts for better or worse. It’s fun to look back and see how different things turned out from your original thoughts. Surely, I’ll do this again next year and see how off (or spot on, hopefully) I am with this team.

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