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10 Mar 2019

NHL 19: New York Islanders Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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Mathew Barzal, Center, 85 OVR

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Nick Leddy, Defenseman, 84 OVR

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Robin Lehner, Goaltender, 83 OVR

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NHL 19 New York Islanders Roster

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Michael Dal Colle, Left Wing, 71 OVR

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NHL 19 New York Islanders Top Prospects

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Coming into the 2018/19 season, having suffered the loss of John Tavares without return in the summer, as well as many other high-profile players leaving over the last few seasons, the New York Islanders weren’t expected to do much more than scrap for lottery odds. But, quite remarkably, the New York Islanders topped the Metropolitan Division at the 48-game mark. In NHL 19, however, the team isn’t very well equipped and not ready to contend in the playoffs yet.

Mathew Barzal, Center, 85 OVR

Age: 21Role: PlaymakerHeight: 183cmWeight: 86kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 92 Deking, Passing, Puck Control 

Last season, playing the same number of games as Tavares, Mathew Barzal topped the Islanders’ scoring charts with 85 points to his former captain’s 84 points. This season, Barzal has taken on the mantle as the team’s star player, scoring 44 points in 48 games. In the game, while his faceoff skill of 77 isn’t very serviceable at center, his five-star puck skills and 90s in acceleration, speed, and agility make him a potent weapon.

Nick Leddy, Defenseman, 84 OVR

Age: 27Role: Two-WayHeight: 183cmWeight: 92kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 95 Discipline. 90 Puck Control. 89 Deking, Passing, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Speed 

Nick Leddy has seen the formerly very deep defensive corps around him move away, leaving the 27-year-old as the top defenseman in the lines. Not one for scoring many points, Leddy’s focus is on being consistent in defense while eating up around 21 minutes per game. In NHL 19, his accuracy ratings of 80 and 81 bring down his potency at the blueline, while his 89 passing and 90 puck control make him a good playmaker. 

Robin Lehner, Goaltender, 83 OVR

Age: 27Role: HybridHeight: 193cmWeight: 111kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Speed. 89 Agility. 88 Vision

Robin Lehner is a huge presence in net but fell on hard times in Buffalo. People raised eyebrows when the Islanders put their faith in him to tandem with Thomas Greiss, but the gamble has paid off. Lehner is a changed player, with his 50-50 role helping him to hold a league-leading 2.02 goals against average and .930 save percentage through 24 stars. NHL 19, along with many others, didn’t see this coming, with Lehner given a very meek overall rating that reflects his days with the Buffalo Sabres.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the New York Islanders’ first lines start. On face value, these are very weak starting lines in the NHL. While the forward set boasts plenty of speed and flair, it’ll be hard to cover for the lapses of the weak defense and goaltender in each game. 

NHL 19 New York Islanders Roster

Anders Lee (84) – Mathew Barzal (85) – Jordan Eberle (85)Nick Leddy (84) – Johnny Boychuk (82)Robin Lehner (83)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Jordan Eberle85Right Wing Sniper180cm28Right93 Deking. 92 Agility. 90 Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy
Josh Bailey85Two-Way Left Wing185cm28Left90 Discipline. 88 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Ander Lee84Left Wing Power Forward191cm28Left90 Hand-Eye, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
Ryan Pulock82Two-Way Defenseman188cm23Right90 Discipline, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power
Thomas Hickey82Two-Way Defenseman183cm29Left87 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Johnny Boychuk82Defensive Defenseman188cm34Right89 Balance, Strength. 88 Body Checking, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power, Stick Checking, Shot Blocking
Brock Nelson80Right Wing Power Forward191cm26Left87 Strength, Balance 86 Acceleration, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Luca Sbisa80Defensive Defenseman188cm28Left88 Balance, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness
Andrew Ladd80Left Wing Power Forward191cm32Left88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength
Valtteri Filppula80Two-Way Center183cm34Left88 Discipline. 87 Stick Checking. 86 Defensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Anthony Beauvillier80Two-Way Center180cm21Left87 Acceleration, Speed, Agility
Casey Cizikas79Two-Way Center180cm27Left90 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Speed
Cal Clutterbuck79Right Wing Grinder180cm30Right90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength, Balance
Josh Ho-Sang78Right Wing Playmaker183cm22Right89 Agility. 88 Speed, Acceleration
Adam Pelech78Defensive Defenseman191cm24Left87 Aggressiveness, Balance, Strength, Body Checking
Tom Kuhnhackl78Two-Way Right Wing188cm26Left87 Strength, Balance. 86 Slap Shot Power.
Matt Martin77Left Wing Grinder191cm29Left93 Body Checking, Aggressiveness. 89 Strength, Balance
Scott Mayfield76Defensive Defenseman193cm25Right89 Strength. 88 Aggressiveness. 87 Body Checking, Balance, Shot Blocking
Sebastian Aho76Offensive Defenseman178cm22Left90 Discipline. 88 Deking. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Thomas Greiss81Hybrid Goaltender185cm32Left88 Agility. 87 Endurance, Speed

Michael Dal Colle, Left Wing, 71 OVR

Age: 22Role: SniperHeight: 191cmWeight: 90kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 9 med

From the 2014 draft, both Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle were pegged as future stars of the franchise, both being taken in the first round. But, Ho-Sang’s behavioral issues and Dal Colle’s lack of speed has led to them having little more than cameo appearances in the NHL so far. But, in NHL 19, they both boast very playable skills. Dal Colle’s 191cm, 90kg frame and fair 85 rating across the speed stats make him a viable option early on. 

There isn’t a great deal of exciting prospects swimming around the Islanders’ pool, but there are a few standouts. Noah Dobson, Kieffer Bellows, and Linus Soderstrom can all develop into decent NHLers for the New York Islanders over the first couple of seasons, if given a chance. 

NHL 19 New York Islanders Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Blade Jenkins58Two-Way Center185cm18LeftBottom 6 med
Noah Dobson69Two-Way Defenseman188cm18RightTop 4 med
Arnaud Durandeau60Two-Way Left Wing180cm19LeftAHL Top 6 high
Robin Salo62Two-Way Defenseman183cm19LeftTop 6 med
Otto Koivula62Left Wing Power Forward193cm20LeftTop 9 med
David Quenneville63Offensive Defenseman173cm20RightTop 6 med
Kieffer Bellows68Left Wing Power Forward183cm20LeftTop 6 med
Mitchell Vande Sompel67Offensive Defenseman178cm21Left Top 6 med
Parker Wotherspoon69Two-Way Defenseman183cm21Left Top 6 med
Linus Soderstrom71Hybrid Goaltender193cm22LeftStarter med
Jakub Skarek62Butterfly Goaltender191cm18LeftAHL Starter high