3 Takeaways from the NY Islanders 2023-24 Season

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Five
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The NY Islanders 2023-24 season is in the books, eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes for the second year in a row.

It was a roller coaster of a season from game one of the regular season, as Scott Mayfield was injured blocking a shot and never really returned to full health. 

Injuries riddled the defensive corps all season, forcing Lou Lamoriello to trade for Robert Bortuzzo and claim Mike Reilly off waivers. Bortuzzo missed most of the season with a lower-body injury, while Reilly became one of the team's most reliable defensemen all season, offering another element of offense from the blue line. 

The Islanders goaltending, which has been a strong suit for the organization over the last few seasons, fell off for most of the year with Ilya Sorokin having the worst season of his career going as far back to his time playing in the KHL. 

Squeaking into the playoffs for the second season in a row, the Islanders failed to make a deep postseason run with an aging roster. Despite not reaching their ultimate goal, there were some positives to go along with the negatives this season. Here are three takeaways from the Islanders' 2023-24 season.