Islanders: Andrew Ladd Scores First Goal Of 2019-20 In AHL

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)

Andrew Ladd is prepping to make his return to the New York Islanders. Today, he scored his first goal of the season with the Brideport Sound Tigers.

2018-2019 was a disaster for Andrew Ladd. Due to a litany of injuries, Ladd played just 26 games with Islanders as his $5.5 million cap hit hung over the head of Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders.

Ladd’s season came to an end in March, when he tore his ACL. Ladd was expected to miss at least six months which would bring him to the start of training camp.

Ladd skated with a noncontact jersey but finally made his return to game action a couple of weeks ago with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. It took five games, but Andrew Ladd made it on the score sheet with his first goal since his AHL stint last year.

It looks like Ladd will be ready to return shortly, which should add something to this Islanders’ third line. When everyone is healthy, it’s expected to be Ladd – Brassard – Komarov, which is a fairly boring yet likely semi-productive fourth line.

As of now, Ladd 100 percent deserves to get a starting spot over Michael Dal Colle who has been a complete non-factor for this team (three points in 15 games). You can’t justify the cap hit, but you can justify him getting ice time over MDC that’s for sure.

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