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New York Islanders Best All-Decade Starting Lineup

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: The New York Islanders celebrate their victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime.(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 12: Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders hits Bryan Little #18 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at the Barclays Center on October 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 12: Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders hits Bryan Little #18 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at the Barclays Center on October 12, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Right-Defence | Travis Hamonic

Travis Hamonic is the second-highest scoring defenseman for the New York Islanders over the last decade. His 146 points are only bettered by Nick Leddy. But that was almost an afterthought in putting him in this role.

I knew that Hamonic could put up points and wasn’t shy going forward but I put him here because he gave everything he could out on the ice. He battled along the boards, cleared the front of the net, and would lay down the gloves if someone needed to be straightened out.

Combine that with his production and you get a complete player. And the reason why he was a fan favorite.

You can certainly say that Johnny Boychuk does the same thing. And Boychuk even has even more points, on a per-game basis than Hamonic does. Hamonic scored at a 0.33 point-per-game rate while Boychuk is at a 0.35 rate.

It’s down to personal preference. I prefer Travis Hamonic’s mobility over Johnny Boychuk. I knew that Travis could push the puck forward in the offensive zone and still get back defensively if needed. I don’t have the same faith in Johnny Boychuk.

When Hamonic was traded it was a tough pill to swallow, even though it was the right thing to do.

Honorable Mention: Johnny Boychuk

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