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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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EDMONTON, ALBERTA – SEPTEMBER 15: Ryan Pulock #6 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by Nick Leddy #2 after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 15, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Defense

Nick Leddy Prediction: 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists)

Nick Leddy Actual: 31 points (2 goals, 29 assists)

Ryan Pulock Prediction: 27 points (8 goals, 19 assists)

Ryan Pulock Actual: 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists)

Adam Pelech Prediction: 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists)

Adam Pelech Actual: 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists)

Scott Mayfield Prediction: 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists)

Scott Mayfield Actual: 15 points (2 goals, 13 assists)

Noah Dobson Prediction: 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists)

Noah Dobson Actual: 14 points (3 goals, 11 assists)

Andy Greene Prediction: 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists)

Andy Greene Actual: 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists)

I feel like with Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield, and Noah Dobson I was on the right track. Nick Leddy and Ryan Pulock I was way off with. For Leddy, I was not expecting the offensive resurgence that we saw from him.

As for Pulock, the assist total was a fine guess, I just wasn’t anticipating the cold streak shooting. This year looks like such an outlier for him, I’m not going to worry about that going forward.

Goalies

Semyon Varlamov Prediction: 35 starts – .918 sv% 2.51 GAA

Semyon Varlamov Actual: 35 starts – .929 sv% 2.04 GAA

Ilya Sorokin Prediction: 21 starts – .921 sv% 2.47 GAA

Ilya Sorokin Actual: 21 starts – .918 sv% 2.17 GAA

I don’t care that my numbers were off, how about hitting the starting split perfectly! I’m going to hang my hat on that one. Both goalies overachieved my expectations, and I’m sorry for doubting Mitch Korn, even though my predictions would still be considered good seasons from a starting goalie.

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