What does Michael Dal Colle do for the New York Islanders is something I find myself asking aloud more often than not.
Nothing. That’s my answer. Michael Dal Colle does virtually nothing for the New York Islanders and I truly can’t be convinced otherwise.
Last night early in the third period, when the team was struggling, Michael Dal Colle took a brutal hooking call. No, the Lightning wouldn’t score but they would carry the momentum for the first five minutes or so of the period, and the Islanders were luckily bailed out by a stellar Semyon Varlamov.
Outside of the two-minute penalty, Michael Dal Colle was a nonfactor on the ice. He played 9:43, registered zero shots and one hit. In his last five games, Dal Colle doesn’t have a single puck on net. Not one.
Do you know how hard that is to do in a five-game stretch? On the season he now has just three points in 24 games, which is a pace of 10 points on the season. That’s simply not good enough.
Now, I understand there’s more to the game than just scoring. For instance, penalty killing. It’s well documented that I’m not the biggest Leo Komarov fan, but at least he is a solid penalty killer and the Islanders can use him in that role.
Dal Colle has played 25 seconds on the penalty kill this year. He’s essentially averaging just over one second per game on the PK per game.
What does Michael Dal Colle do here? If you have any idea, please don’t hesitate to reach out and tell me because I certainly have zero clue.
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