After a year of Lou Lamoriello and the new front office, the New York Islanders fans are slightly less confident than they were at this time last year.
2018-2019 will always hold a special place in the hearts of New York Islanders fans. They were counted out from the beginning and went on this improbable run that climaxed with a first-round shellacking of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A big part of the Islanders success was due to the change in the power structure. No more was it Garth Snow and Doug Weight, now it was Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello running the show.
The Athletic ran a piece talking about the confidence levels of the fan base and the general public. Based on last year the confidence levels actually went down, despite the surprise playoff trip this past year.
It seems like fans are confident in their drafting and development abilities the thought is the Islanders struggle to supplement the internal talent. This is a completely fair take for a team who didn’t add any external options to their struggling top-six.
Yes, they are headed in the right direction but they aren’t able to draw that big-time free agent just yet. The general public is more down on the team than the fan base is, which makes sense, but I was still surprised to see the numbers go down.
If the Isles pull off a playoff run again this year perhaps it changes and the Isles are once again considered a team with hope.
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