We're craving hockey content as we wait for the season to come back, so here's a month-by-month look back of the New York Islanders 2019-20 season.
Let's take a look back at the 2019-20 New York Islanders season so far. Looking back is about all we can do at the moment.
So, let's look at the biggest headline for each month of the 2019-20 season to remember what happened and what the Islanders were going through at that particular time.
Before I dive in I wanted to remember where things started before a puck was dropped on the 2019-20 season. How did 2018-19 end and how did the offseason go?
2018-19 Season recap
It was a surprise year. No one expected this bottom-heavy team to break 100 points and make the playoffs. But with a strong work ethic, some even better team defense, and some elite-level goaltending the Islanders were able to prove the doubters wrong.
The following first-round sweep of the Penguins was an even bigger shock. The shocks kept coming as the Isles were swept in the second round as the offense failed to show up.
The Islanders needed offense and tried to get it by going all-in on Artemi Panarin in the free-agent market. He'd chose the New York Rangers and leave Lou Lamoriello holding a seven-year ~$12.5 million AAV contract in his hands while wondering what to do next.
So without any new top-six forwards and with arguably a weaker goaltending duo, could the Islanders repeat what they had done in 2018-19 in 2019-20?