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New York Islanders Andrew Ladd 2018-2019 Season Grade

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 6-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 6-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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2018-2019 was an extremely tough year for Andrew Ladd with the New York Islanders. For the third year in a row, Ladd was a disappointment.

I can’t say I was looking forward to doing this New York Islanders player grade. Andrew Ladd has been one of the more disappointing free agent signings in Islanders history, and this past year helped him cement that legacy for the Isles.

It started with a training camp injury that kept him out for the first three games of the year. He returned against Nashville, where he scored a goal in his first game back. A few games later, his best game of the year though came against the Kings.

In a dominant 7-2 Islanders win, Ladd himself a three-point night (1 goal, 2 assists). At that point, he was sitting at a pretty solid four points in three games. By the 14th game of the year, he was at a half point per game pace, an upgrade over his first couple of years in blue and orange.

There was only one issue, Ladd suffered another injury. A lower body injury kept Ladd sidelined from the middle of November until mid-February. Again, Andrew Ladd came back strong when he finally did play.

In his first three games back he picked up three assists. He then hit a massive cold streak going seven games in a row without a point. Ladd would end up adding one more assist before, again, going down with an injury.

For the third time this year, Ladd had an injury except for this time it was a season-ending injury. After 26 games Ladd had 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists). Over a full 82 game season, that’s a 35 point pace which honestly isn’t awful.

Unfortunately, we can’t grade on the if he played a full season. We can only grade based on an injury-riddled 26 game season.

The Grade

This is an easy F. Playing just over a quarter of the team’s game isn’t effective at all. Now, after three years this still looks like one of the worst contracts in the sport.

Next. Islanders who never panned out

The Islanders are unsure if Ladd will be ready for training camp, and what kind of role he will have over the next four seasons. LTIR might be the Islanders best choice.

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