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New York Islanders: Andrew Ladd Returns For Veterans Skate

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 13, 2016 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Andrew Ladd #16 of the New York Islanders skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 13, 2016 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Islanders 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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After tearing his ACL in the 2018-2019 season, Andrew Ladd is back skating with the New York Islanders for their veterans skate.

In March of 2019, Andrew Ladd’s season came to an end due to a torn ACL. The New York Islanders got only 26 games from Ladd, who came with a $5.5 million cap hit for the 2018-2019 season.

In those 26 games, he was fairly productive, putting up 11 points with Val Filppula and Leo Komarov. A pace of 35 points over a full season is livable with for a third-line player.

Ladd was back on the ice yesterday with the New York Islanders vets in an orange non-contact jersey. There seemed to be some concern that he wouldn’t be good to go for training camp but he is inching back, and skating even without contact is a good sign.

I’m glad Ladd is healthy, or at the very least on the way to getting there. My concern though is what the Isles decide to do with that third line.

If it’s Ladd – Brassard – Komarov, which it has a legit chance of it being, the Isles will essentially be running back a worse version of the line they had last year. It also doesn’t leave much room for youth in the lineup.

Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle have to be on the NHL roster, otherwise, they have to go through waivers when they are sent down to the AHL. I’d like to get those two into the lineup, but with Ladd and Clutterbuck seemingly ready to go, that doesn’t leave much if any room for young guys.

Last year the Isles relied heavily on vets, doubling down on that luck might not be the wisest move for this team.

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