Looking at the New York Islanders system who could be those future stars in waiting that Barry Trotz mentioned in an interview with Sportsnet?
Speaking to Sportsnet on Thursday, New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz spoke about how coaching star players makes his job easier. In saying that he also stated that the Isles may not be rich in talent now, but there are some players on the way that could be stars.
I don’t have access to the wealth of internal data or scouting information that Barry Trotz has at his disposal, but based on what I’ve seen or what we’ve been told about some of the players in the Islanders system I’m confident I could nail it down to three players.
Just to be clear, I’m not going to talk about any player that is an already established star like Mathew Barzal. This is about stars that are on their way up. Again, this is what Barry said:
"I have the situation going with Mathew Barzal who is a star, and we’ve got a couple of other players that can be stars down the road."
He’s not talking about established players like Brock Nelson or even Anthony Beauvillier who is now in his fourth year in the NHL. We’re talking about players that are either in their rookie year in the NHL or are a step or two away from getting to the NHL.
With that in mind, there are three clear choices for future stars within the New York Islanders roster and system.