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New York Islanders Predicting Who Gets Third Center Role

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Otto Koivula #48 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Otto Koivula #48 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DENVER, COLORADO – DECEMBER 17: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders plays the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 17, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

To fill the void left by Valtteri Filppula down the middle, the New York Islanders will turn to internal options. Who stands the best chance of getting the role?

The New York Islanders are looking for a third-line center. To fill his spot they’ll audition a number of internal options between regular NHL’ers, AHL’ers, and recent college free agents.

According to Lou Lamoriello Anthony Beauvillier, Tanner Fritz, Otto Koivula, Bobo Carpenter and Mason Jobst will all have a chance to prove they should play in the spot vacated by Valtteri Filppula as the team’s third-line center.

Ideally, that spot should go to Casey Cizikas, but Lou indicated that Casey would continue to play as the team’s fourth-line center. It’s hard to disagree with Lou. Cizikas and linemates Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck were incredibly effective from the fourth line.

So of all those players auditioning for the spot, who’s got the best chance at succeeding in the role?

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