Through 29 games of the 2018-19 NHL regular season, we asked out writers to grade how the New York Islanders have done.
We’re over a quarter way through the NHL season and the New York Islanders hold a 14-11-4 record for 32 points. More importantly, they’re in a playoff position. Just three months ago that didn’t seem like a possibility.
In the off season, the New York Islanders lost John Tavares and brought in 34-year-old Valtteri Filppula, grindger Leo Komarov, and scratch pad nominee Tom Kuhnhackl as well as trading fro fan favorite but ultimately a fourth line winger in Matt Martin.
A winning season wasn’t obvious going into 2018-19. We all remember how Deadspin put the Islanders potential for the 2018-19 season:
[…]Tavares is slowly reacclimatizing to humanity and is expected to make a full recovery with the reintroduction of competitive hockey to his life. His former home, which was mysteriously located somewhere between Brooklyn and Nassau County, remains deserted, save for the brave and recently begun expedition of defending Stanley Cup champion coach Barry Trotz. Will they get better? They’re ******.
To be fair, Deadspin wasn’t the only to think the New York Islanders might not fair well this season. Two months ago I wrote that the Islanders would find it hard to be successful this season (but that Barry Trotz would be the key).
The Islanders are clearly overachieving on the expectation that were set for them. Although based on what Barry Trotz was saying two months ago the Islanders might be achieving exactly what they set out to achieve.
With that in mind we asked our writers to grade the Islanders season so far through 29 games.