It’s been five days without sport, and we’re already bored. Here’s a look at the Islanders’ point paces at the time of the NHL suspension.
There’s a very good chance the New York Islanders don’t get a chance to finish the season. With the rapid spread of COVID-19, the NHL has suspended its season with no return date in sight as priorities are shifted elsewhere.
The Isles have 68 games under their belt, so what I wanted to do was take a look at individual stats and do projections for 82 games.
When doing this I found that the Isles don’t have all that many productive forwards and there’s a pretty steep drop off after the top-six point producers. Let’s take a look.
Mathew Barzal – 68 games, 60 points (19 goals 41 assists)
Pace: 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists)
Mat Barzal bounced back in 2019-2020. A 72 point season is an improvement, sure it’s not a point per game season but he proved that he is a top-line player this season.
Brock Nelson – 68 games, 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists)
Pace: 65 points (31 goals, 34 assists)
Another career year for Brock Nelson. A one-two punch of Nelson and Barzal down the middle is something the Islanders should be extremely excited about.
JG Pageau – 67 games, 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists)
Pace: 51 points (32 goals, 19 assists)
There’s no way Pageau repeats as a 50 point player, I would be absolutely stunned if he did. The Isles don’t need him to be though if he’s giving you 20 goals a year and 40-45 points it’s worth it.
Anders Lee – 68 games, 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists)
Pace: 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists)
You need more goals from Anders Lee, it’s as simple as that. Yes, 52 points is solid but you need him in that 30 goal range, not 20-25.
Josh Bailey – 68 games, 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists)
Pace: 52 points (17 goals, 35 assists)
That’s a typical Josh Bailey season. I’d sign up for that for $5 million against the cap. He’s a steady player and you know what you’re getting from him.
Jordan Eberle – 58 games, 40 points (16 goals, 24 assists)
Pace: 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists)
A much better year from Jordan Eberle. He’s a tad on the streaky side (most Islander forwards have been this year) but I’d sign up for 50 points in 72 games from Jordan Eberle.
Anthony Beauvillier – 68 games, 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists)
Pace: 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists)
I think we finally figured out what Anthony Beauvillier is. He’ll give you roughly 20 goals and 45 points, which is fine you need players like that.
Derick Brassard: 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists)
Casey Cizikas: 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists)
Leo Komarov: 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists)
Michael Dal Colle: 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists)