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

Can you take the New York Islanders to glory with this roster?


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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: 21
Role: Playmaker
Height: 183cm
Weight: 86kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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: 27
Role: Two-Way
Height: 183cm
Weight: 92kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 27
Role: Hybrid
Height: 193cm
Weight: 111kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Eberle

85

Right Wing Sniper

180cm

28

Right

93 Deking. 92 Agility. 90 Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Josh Bailey

85

Two-Way Left Wing

185cm

28

Left

90 Discipline. 88 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Ander Lee

84

Left Wing Power Forward

191cm

28

Left

90 Hand-Eye, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

Ryan Pulock

82

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

23

Right

90 Discipline, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power

Thomas Hickey

82

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

29

Left

87 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Johnny Boychuk

82

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

34

Right

89 Balance, Strength. 88 Body Checking, Wrist Shot Power, Slap Shot Power, Stick Checking, Shot Blocking

Brock Nelson

80

Right Wing Power Forward

191cm

26

Left

87 Strength, Balance 86 Acceleration, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Luca Sbisa

80

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

28

Left

88 Balance, Strength, Body Checking, Aggressiveness

Andrew Ladd

80

Left Wing Power Forward

191cm

32

Left

88 Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Valtteri Filppula

80

Two-Way Center

183cm

34

Left

88 Discipline. 87 Stick Checking. 86 Defensive Awareness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Anthony Beauvillier

80

Two-Way Center

180cm

21

Left

87 Acceleration, Speed, Agility

Casey Cizikas

79

Two-Way Center

180cm

27

Left

90 Discipline. 87 Acceleration, Speed

Cal Clutterbuck

79

Right Wing Grinder

180cm

30

Right

90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength, Balance

Josh Ho-Sang

78

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

22

Right

89 Agility. 88 Speed, Acceleration

Adam Pelech

78

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

24

Left

87 Aggressiveness, Balance, Strength, Body Checking

Tom Kuhnhackl

78

Two-Way Right Wing

188cm

26

Left

87 Strength, Balance. 86 Slap Shot Power.

Matt Martin

77

Left Wing Grinder

191cm

29

Left

93 Body Checking, Aggressiveness. 89 Strength, Balance

Scott Mayfield

76

Defensive Defenseman

193cm

25

Right

89 Strength. 88 Aggressiveness. 87 Body Checking, Balance, Shot Blocking

Sebastian Aho

76

Offensive Defenseman

178cm

22

Left

90 Discipline. 88 Deking. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power

Thomas Greiss

81

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

32

Left

88 Agility. 87 Endurance, Speed

Michael Dal Colle, Left Wing, 71 OVR

Age: 22
Role: Sniper
Height: 191cm
Weight: 90kg
Shoots: Left
Potential: Top 9 
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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 Jenkins

58

Two-Way Center

185cm

18

Left

Bottom 6 med

Noah Dobson

69

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

18

Right

Top 4 med

Arnaud Durandeau

60

Two-Way Left Wing

180cm

19

Left

AHL Top 6 high

Robin Salo

62

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

19

Left

Top 6 med

Otto Koivula

62

Left Wing Power Forward

193cm

20

Left

Top 9 med

David Quenneville

63

Offensive Defenseman

173cm

20

Right

Top 6 med

Kieffer Bellows

68

Left Wing Power Forward

183cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Mitchell Vande Sompel

67

Offensive Defenseman

178cm

21

Left 

Top 6 med

Parker Wotherspoon

69

Two-Way Defenseman

183cm

21

Left 

Top 6 med

Linus Soderstrom

71

Hybrid Goaltender

193cm

22

Left

Starter med

Jakub Skarek

62

Butterfly Goaltender

191cm

18

Left

AHL Starter high

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