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?