NY Islanders Plus/Minus 2023-24: Scott Mayfield with a point to prove in year one of a new contract

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On a NY Islanders defensive corps that has been the team's backbone over the past few seasons, Scott Mayfield stands as one of the blue line's most physically imposing figures. Inking a 7-year deal worth $3M a season, Mayfield has committed himself to Long Island until age 37.

Drafted 34th overall in 2011 out of the University of Denver, Mayfield made his mark with the Islanders in the 2014-15 playoffs, brought in specifically to deal with the physicality of Alex Ovechkin in the Isles' first-round matchup with the Washington Capitals. Though Mayfield was effective during that series, he didn't become a regular with the team until 2017-18.

As the Islanders re-signed or extended four players this offseason, along with Pierre Engvall, Mayfield's has been the most controversial. The money is not an issue, especially with the salary cap projected to increase significantly over the next few seasons - but seven years is a lot of time for a bottom-pair defenseman who is 30 years old.

Despite any feelings people may have regarding his contract, Mayfield is a member of this organization for the foreseeable future and will be on the ice on opening night. During a contract year, Mayfield had the best season of his career, posting highs in goals (6), assists (18), points (24), shots (119), and ice-time (21:01). As one of the defense elder statesmen, Mayfield will now be turned to as a leader entering year one of his new deal.