New York Islanders: Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck’s Impact On Lineup

Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

If Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck are good to go what does that mean for the New York Islanders 2019-2020 lineup?

Both Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck suffered major injuries in 2018-2019 playing for the New York Islanders. For Ladd, it was a torn ACL that ended his season while Cluttbuck injured his back in Game 2 vs the Hurricanes.

There seemed to be some question whether or not they’d be ready for the start of the season. The other day they both skated, which means they are likely inching closer to a return.

Arthur Staple highlighted what the Islanders lineup could look like in 2019-2020 if they are both good to go and I’m not so sure it’s the best-case scenario for the Islanders.

Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle

Lee – Nelson – Bailey

Ladd – Brassard – Komarov

Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck

As you can see, there is no room for youth. No Josh Ho-Sang, no Michael Dal Colle, only two forwards under the age of 25 cracks the lineup in Barzal and Beauvillier.

Ladd played just 26 games last year. It was a disaster of a season injury-wise for Ladd. Granted, he finished with 11 points which is a pace of 35 points over a full season. The problem is at this point in his career will Ladd ever be able to give the Isles a full season?

Michael Dal Colle looked pretty solid in a third-line role, and at this point, I think I’d feel more comfortable with Dal Colle than Ladd. I can’t imagine Ladd’s ceiling being higher than MDC’s at 34 years old.

The Clutterbuck one isn’t so bad, the Martin – Cizikas – Clutterbuck line is a solid fourth line. The direct result of Clutterbuck being healthy is having Komarov on the third line. Leo is your prototypical fourth-liner and he was playing above his head last year and it looks like that will happen again this year too.

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I’d rather see Brassard with two younger guys, like Dal Colle and Ho-Sang. Unfortunately, Ladd and Leo will be here for at least the next three years. Good luck to the Islanders youngsters who will try to find a roster spot.