Islanders: Scouts and Opponents Show Trotz and Lamoriello Respect

By Matt O'Leary
Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders are winners of their last seven in a row. League-wide, they have the respect of opponents and even scouts too.

Respect and the New York Islanders usually aren’t words that are found in the same sentence. From about 1994 until the end of the 2017-2018 season the Isles were about as irrelevant as you could be for NHL standards.

They had just one playoff series win over that time, and they were spinning the tires in endless rebuild efforts and poor General Managing from Garth Snow and the infamous Mike Milbury.

Those days are long gone with Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello as the GM and Barry Trotz behind the bench. Last year, in year one, they did what took this franchise 23 years to do previously; win a playoff series.

Now, scouts and opponents alike are giving the Islanders a ton of respect. Via 31 Thoughts:

"“They are exactly what you would expect of a team coached by Barry Trotz and run by Lou Lamoriello,” one said. “They have great structure, and everyone understands their role. They are committed to defence, doing all the little things that win.”Another scout had a great line: “Bricklayers don’t paint the ceilings. The players understand this.”"

This is pretty spot-on analysis. Each and every player on the team has a role and they need that individual to execute said role in order for them to succeed. So far through one full season, and 11 games this year it has worked tremendously.

I have to pinch myself still, it hasn’t truly sunk in that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz are in charge of this franchise. The Isles are in good hands from top to bottom.

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