32 in 32: Analysis of Islanders for poolers


As part of NHL.com’s 32-for-32 series, the NHL.com poolers team identifies some players for the New York Islanders to target.

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NOTE : These point projections (based on an 82-game season) are the result of a collaboration between Pete Jensen and Anna Dua. They take into account several factors, such as recent regular season and Stanley Cup playoff performances, potential line combinations, power play use, the situation of a team’s goaltenders, injury history , anticipated regression for a player or the possibility of him rebounding, age, contract and general potential for the season. The point projections presented here are approximate and do not necessarily reflect a player’s full potential in a hockey pool.

Ilya SorokinG – Ranked second in the NHL in save percentage (.925; minimum 10 games played) behind Igor Shesterkin (.935), New York Rangers, and shutouts (7) behind Jacob Markstrom (9) of the Calgary Flames last season, even though the Islanders missed the Stanley Cup playoffs. Behind a similar defensive system and with perhaps more attacking support under new coach Lane Lambert, Sorokin should be seen as a good option at his position in the pools. The only element that detracts from his value is that he is part of an alternating system in net with Semyon Varlamovwhich may limit his number of victories.

Video: NYI@NYR: Sorokin robs Panarin with the stick

Projection : 28 wins

Noah Dobson, D. – He may have been the defenseman who had the biggest breakout last season with NHL career highs in points (51; tied for 15th among defensemen), goals (13; t-9th ), assists (38), power play points (22; 8th-eight) and shots (190). Dobson led the Islanders in power-play points and shots, and he could do even better if the Islanders manage to score more goals (2.79 goals per game; 22nd in the NHL) under the Lambert’s orders.

Projection : 55 dots

Mathew BarzalVS – The Islanders’ number one center is entering his last year of contract and he could bounce back following the coaching change. Barzal set an NHL personal-best 85 points in his rookie year in 2017-18, but hasn’t topped 62 points in each of the last four seasons under Trotz. He led the Islanders in assists (44 in 73 games) last season and could benefit from a more consistent deployment at right wing Oliver Wahlstrom. The latter was fourth in New York in goals per 60 minutes (0.80; minimum 10 games) the past two seasons combined and led the team in shots per 60 minutes last season (10.7; minimum 41 games), even though he mainly played on the third line.

Video: NYI@NYR: Barzal comes to the net and scores

Projection : 72 dots

Brock NelsonVS – Led the Islanders in goals (37) and power-play goals (11), tied with Barzal for the team scoring lead (59), setting all-time highs in career in each of those categories last season. Nelson has developed chemistry with the left winger Anders Lee last season, but he could reach another level if his other linemate, the winger Anthony Beauvillier, manages to hatch under the guidance of Lambert. Nelson is a bet that could pay off big at the end of the draft.

Projection : 61 dots

Other Islanders players to consider in the pools: Semyon Varlamov, G; Oliver Wahlstrom, RA; Anders Lee, AG; Anthony Beauvillier, LW/LD; Alexander RomanovD; Aatu RatyVS

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