New York Islanders Three Internal Options for Right Wing
Michael Dal Colle
Josh Ho-Sang has talent, but he doesn’t seem to fit the bill for the system the New York Islanders want to run. As much as I think he’s the best choice, I’m not sure if Lou is willing to gamble on him.
The same can be said for Oliver Wahlstrom. It’s not that they don’t like the kid. They just don’t know if he’s ready yet.
Michael Dal Colle, however, is a player that the Islanders like, that fits the system, and they know that he’s ready.
In 28 NHL games last season, Dal Colle scored seven points. It’s not a great return. Over the course of a full 82 game season that puts him on pace for 21 points.
But if we’ve learned anything about Michael Dal Colle is that he gets better with time. He won’t suddenly become a 60 point player. (Although how amazing would that be?) But he could be that 30-40 point player the Islanders could use up top.
Keep in mind that Dal Colle primarily played with Leo Komarov and Valtteri Filppula last season. Pair him with some attack-minded players and his number could easily increase above that 21 point pace.
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Personally, I’d love for Josh Ho-Sang to get an extended run with the team in 2019-20. But I have a hard time seeing Lou and Barry warm-up to Ho-Sang all of a sudden. Of the three options, Michael Dal Colle is the likeliest. And maybe that’s not a bad thing?
(I went from thinking Panarin was going to be an Isles to rationalizing Michael Dal Colle as a top-six RW for next season. The offseason has not been kind.)