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Islanders 2021 Predictions vs 2021 Reality

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 13: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by Jordan Eberle #7, Andy Greene #4 and Mathew Barzal #13 after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - JUNE 13: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by Jordan Eberle #7, Andy Greene #4 and Mathew Barzal #13 after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on June 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – JUNE 23: The New York Islanders celebrate after their 3-2 overtime victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum on June 23, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2021 season, while it didn’t yield the result Islanders fans wanted, was a fun one. There were a lot of positives to take out of it from how far the team went and how individuals did, especially the goalies.

Before every season, I like to give my predictions for the season and try to project what particular players will do. Before the season, I looked at 22 players, and now looking back some of my predictions were close while others were way off.

Let’s take a look at how I did:

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Anders Lee Prediction: 37  points (22 goals, 15 assists) 

Anders Lee Actual: 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) – *only played 27 games*

Brock Nelson Prediction: 49 points (22 goals, 26 assists)

Brock Nelson Actual: 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists)

Jordan Eberle Prediction: 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists)

Jordan Eberle Actual: 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists)

Josh Bailey Prediction: 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists)

Josh Bailey Actual: 35 points (8 goals, 27 assists)

JG Pageau Prediction: 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists)

JG Pageau Actual: 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists)

Cal Clutterbuck Prediction: 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists)

Cal Clutterbuck Actual: 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists)

Casey Cizikas Prediction: 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists)

Casey Cizikas Actual: 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists)

Leo Komarov Prediction: 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) – 20 games

Leo Komarov Actual: 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) – 33 games

Anthony Beauvillier Prediction: 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists)

Anthony Beauvillier Actual: 28 points (15 goals, 13 assists)

Ross Johnston Prediction: 2 points (2 goals, 1 assist) – 12 games

Ross Johnston Actual: 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) – 12 games

Michael Dal Colle Prediction: 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) – 10 games

Michael Dal Colle Actual: 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists) – 26 games

Mathew Barzal Prediction: 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists)

Mathew Barzal Actual: 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists)

Oliver Wahlstrom Prediction: 20 points (11 goals, 9 assists) – 40 games

Oliver Wahlstrom Actual: 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) – 44 games

Matt Martin Prediction: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) 

Matt Martin Actual: 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists)

Like I said, some were fairly close while others were way off. I was a tad too bullish on Mat Barzal predicting him to be a point per game player. Actually, most of my predictions for the top-six came in a little too high.

JG Pageau, Ross Johnston, and Oliver Wahlstrom were probably my closest forward predictions. Just one point and four games off on the Wahlstrom prediction. The Islanders also favored Michael Dal Colle and Leo Komarov more than I did (shocker).

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