The New York Islanders haven't been off to the best start this season. At the end of the first quarter of the season, the Islanders are 6-10-5. The Islanders won their first game in a month, after an 11 game losing streak, last night when they beat the Senators, 5-3.
There are a lot of players who are starting to heat up so this list was not an easy one. Noah Dobson is beginning to show signs that he could have a career year. Also, Mat Barzal and Anders Lee are starting to play like themselves again. It will be exciting to see where the season goes from here.
Islanders Top Three Players
3. Oliver Wahlstrom
Coming in at number three, New York Islanders right wing, Oliver Wahlstrom. Wahlstrom has been one of the bright spots of the team this season. In the first 21 games played, Wahlstrom has nine points off eight goals and one assist.
In his last five games alone, Wahlstrom has racked up three goals while getting varying minutes of ice-time per game. Although very young, Wahlstrom has been proving himself a lot this season and it may be not a matter of if, but when, will Oliver Wahlstrom be placed on the first line with Mat Barzal and Anders Lee, permanently.
2. Brock Nelson
The number two player on the Islanders, so far, is center Brock Nelson. Brock Nelson has been, arguably, the top Islanders forward so far on the year. Nelson has played 15 games in the early part of the season, during those 15 games Nelson has put up 11 points in total off of nine goals and two assists.
Unfortunately, the Islanders have been without their star center since November 21, when they played Toronto. Nelson is expected to be out for two to four weeks with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Nelson currently leads the team in goals and the Islanders have been really missing that during their recent dry spell.
1. Ilya Sorokin
The number one player on the Islanders so far this season, is the goalie, Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin's personal record on the season is 5-6-4. However, to say that this average record is all on him would be absolutely crazy. Sorokin has been the top performer on the Islanders, so far this season.
Sorokin has a .925% save percentage and has a GAA of 2.49. He also has three shutouts on the season which ties the number of shutouts he had all of last year. Don't get me wrong, there have been some games where Sorokin has given up four goals and hasn't played the best. However, Sorokin can not do it all on his own. He needs his team to score goals and back him up out there on the ice.
A lot of positives can still be seen on this team. Take last night's game in Ottawa for example. The Islanders were in a rough patch for a while before that win. However when things finally click, we could be looking at a brand new team and a brand new season. This season isn't over yet.