Last Season: 35-37-10 80 pts (7th in Metropolitan Division; Did Not Make Playoffs)
Key Additions: F Matt Martin, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, G Robin Lehner, Coach Barry Trotz, and GM Lou Lamoriello
Key Departures: D Calvin de Haan, D Dennis Seidenberg, F John Tavares, F Alan Quine, G Jaroslav Halak, and GM Garth Snow
Top Questions Facing the Islanders:
- How will the New York Islanders fare without John Tavares?
With Tavares leaving money on the table to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, the Islanders are now without the face of their franchise for the first time since drafting him, and the ramifications are going to be felt for a while. With Lou Lamoriello at the helm and Barry Trotz now behind the bench, they will be tasked with creating a new future for the Islanders.
2. How much lower will the Islanders sink before they can rise again?
Despite the great office pick ups, in terms of players there wasn’t a big upgrade anywhere. Plus most pickups were mostly depth players. The pick up of goalie Robin Lehner will be good, but the Islanders are going to be near the bottom for a while despite being competitive.