Season Preview: New York Islanders depth chart
theScore is previewing each team leading up to the 2016-17 season.
The Islanders aren't as deep as they were last season, but they're well positioned to make another playoff push in 2016-17.
New York won its first postseason series since 1993 last spring, but lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and a trio of grinders to free agency, bringing in Andrew Ladd and P.A. Parenteau - solid replacements, but inferior to their predecessors,
That offseason turnover should create opportunities for a couple of promising young players.
|Andrew Ladd||John Tavares||P.A. Parenteau|
|Anders Lee||Brock Nelson||Ryan Strome|
|Nikolay Kulemin||Mathew Barzal||Josh Bailey|
|Jason Chimera||Casey Cizikas||Cal Clutterbuck|
- Strome remains unsigned as training camp looms, but Nelson was in the same boat as a restricted free agent last season, and he signed a three-year deal on the eve of training camp.
- Barzal has a legitimate chance to make the team and some are projecting he'll crack the top-six. Parenteau led the Toronto Maple Leafs in goal-scoring last season.
|Nick Leddy||Travis Hamonic|
|Calvin de Haan||Johnny Boychuk|
|Thomas Hickey||Ryan Pulock|
- Gone is veteran rearguard Marek Zidlicky, but that's good news for Pulock, who should lock down a spot on the NHL club.
- Halak is the unquestioned starter in Brooklyn when healthy, but that's been anything but a certainty over the last four years. Greiss has proven to be more than capable as a backup, and he actually played five more games than Halak last season.