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Islanders weekly top 3 players: Grant Hutton deserves praise

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Throughout the week of April 3rd, the Islanders played a total of four games. On Sunday, April 3, the New York Islanders traveled to New Jersey to take on the Devils. The Islanders would win that game by a score of four to three. The Islanders, unfortunately, would lose their next game in Dallas on Tuesday, by a score of three to two.

The Islanders were back at it on Friday, April 8, when they had a shocking win some fans say. The Islanders traveled to Carolina for a date with the Hurricanes where they were able to come away with the victory two to one. The final game of the week was Saturday, April 9, and it was a bad one. The Islanders played the Blues in St. Louis and got crushed, six to one.

3. Grant Hutton

In a pretty iffy week, finding the top three players wasn't the easiest. However, Grant Hutton certainly deserves to be on this list. On Saturday, in the Islanders' loss to the St. Louis Blues, Hutton scored his first NHL career goal, which turned out to be the only goal the Islanders would score in the loss.

In early 2019, Hutton signed a contract with the New York Islanders where he would get sent to AHL and play for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After only 13 games in the NHL, Hutton was able to pick up his first goal. This served as a glimmer of hope for the future of this team, no matter how small it may be in the game.

2. Kyle Palmieri

Kyle Palmieri had himself a decent week, this week. Not the best, but definitely not the worst. In Sunday's game against the Devils, Palmieri would pick up one goal and two assists. On Friday, Palmieri would pick up one goal and one assist.

Palmieri was an active member of the offense this week and has been in recent memory. It's a breath of fresh air to see Palmieri getting back on track after a brutal start to the beginning of the season for not just him, but the whole team.

1. JG Pageau

Was there really any other option this week? JG Pageau was an absolute force on the ice this week. On the week, Pageau picked up a total of five goals and one assist. On Sunday, against the Devils, Pageau had his second-career hat-trick and lifted his team to victory with three goals and one assist.

Pageau would also go on to score in the next two games of the week as well. He had one goal on Tuesday against Dallas, and picked up a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Overall, Pageau had an extremely solid week this week and it was refreshing to see him play as good as he did.

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