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New York Islanders: 3 Players Likely To Regress In 2019-2020

By Matt O'Leary
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Kings on December 16, 2017 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Johnny Boychuk

Johnny Boychuk actually had a really nice bounceback season for the Islanders in 2018-2019. In 74 games he had 19 points and he was able to stay fresh with a reduced workload. There’s no denying that he’s not the player he was when he first came over but he’s still an effective blueliner.

For the first time since 2009-2010, his average ice time dipped under 20 minutes. He’s still a solid top-four defenseman but with Ryan Pulock on the roster, you don’t need Boychuk eating up 20+ minutes a night anymore.

74 games was actually the most that Boychuk has played in a season since joining the Islanders. I hate to say it, but that’s where I see the regression. Johnny turns 36 this year and I’m not so sure how much longer he can keep this up.

I think we see his games played dip into the 50’s and his production will likely be closer to 15 points in those games. With Noah Dobson knocking on the door I don’t expect Boychuk to be relied upon as much as he once was.

Next. Holmstrom signed to an ELC

Just because a player regresses doesn’t mean that they aren’t good or that they’re ineffective. The Isles should be just fine, even if these three guys don’t have the same seasons they did last year.

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