Islanders: 3 Forgotten Seasons In The Last 10 Years
By Matt O'Leary
If you’re reading our site in the middle of September, I’d imagine you’re probably a pretty big Islanders fan. After watching this team and covering it daily for the last five years, I’d like to think I’m a pretty knowledgeable person about this team, especially in the last 10 years but I wanted to go back and look at things we may not remember as well.
What we’re looking at today, is three forgotten seasons on an individual basis. I’m talking about guys who were actually semi-productive and useful who I just either completely forgot about, or haven’t thought about, in years.
If you remember these individual seasons from these players, well you’re a real one and have been through some stuff.
Jason Chimera – 2016-2017
After the 2015-2016 season, the Islanders decided to bring in veterans Jason Chimera and Andrew Ladd. We know how the Ladd one went, and year two of Jason Chimera was really rough but year one? You couldn’t ask for too much better from him in his role.
Playing 13:04 per night, Chimera was sixth on the team in points with 33 and was tied for fourth on the team in goals with 20. Keep in mind, this was his age 37 season also.
He shot at 16.5% on the season (third on the team) and had two game-winning goals to his name that year. A 37-year-old Chimera putting up 20 goals on the season is not something I had on my bingo card that year.
Brad Boyes 2012-2013
Before the 2012 season, the New York Islanders signed Brady Boyes to a one-year $1 million deal. Well, they found a first-line player for that price. Boyes finished with 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) on the season.
In a 48 game season that’s a 60 point pace. The Moulson – Tavares – Boyes line was steady for them all year long and it’s part of the reason why they surprised people and made a run to the playoffs.
Valteri Filppula 2018-2019
Weird Frans! It was only one year with the Islanders but Valteri Filppula was sneaky underrated for the Islanders in year one under Barry Trotz. The Islanders needed some help in their middle-six at the center position and Filppula was steady.
In 72 games, Filppula put up 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists). He didn’t shoot much, just 78 times on the season, but he was efficient leading the team with a 21.8 shooting percentage.
None of these three guys will go down as Islanders legends. But they either overachieved or provided necessary stability in a short time with the Islanders.