New York Islanders: 3 Things That Need to Happen in August

Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends the 2019 NHL Draft at the Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The calendar has turned to August, what still lingers for the New York Islanders as the 2019-20 season draws even closer? Here are three things that need to happen in August.

We’re now two months away from the 2019-20 NHL season and anxiety is growing for New York Islanders fans. Because as it stands this roster is likely going to be the same one as last season. And while the Islanders did manage to get 103 points in 2018-19, they still have some gaps to address.

Namely at the top of the roster. The Islanders top-six forward group just isn’t strong enough. Mathew Barzal, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, and Jordan Eberle is a good group of players. But that’s only five names, not six.

The sixth man last season was a toss-up between Anthony Beauvillier and Tom Kuhnhackl. That’s just not good enough. (Unless Beau somehow turns into that player from the end of the 2017-18 season.)

It’s no secret that while the Islanders were the stingiest defense last season, their offense left much to be desired. With 223 goals for they ranked 22nd in the league for offense. That was going to have to change in 2019-20.

And so far it hasn’t.

So with two months left before the puck drops on the 2019-20 season, what needs to happen for the New York Islanders in the month of August?

Here’s a list of three things.