With John Tavares gone, the New York Islanders are going to need to change things up a little over the next couple of years. Here’s a two-year plan to help.
The New York Islanders are presented with a new opportunity. You can either rebuild now that John Tavares is gone, or you can offer a re-tool situation that might have the Islanders back and ready to compete a lot quicker.
Yes, with JT gone, the Islanders are going to need a new face. The obvious answer is “The kid who won the Calder” Mathew Barzal. At just 21 years the Islanders should have some bright years ahead with Barzy at the forefront.
Don’t forget about Josh Ho-Sang, Anthony Beauvillier, and Ryan Pulock all pieces that can be a part of this re-tool to help the Islanders become a young and exciting team in the next couple of years.
With the mix of Anders Lee and Jordan Eberle, two veterans who can be a key cog to this new age Islanders team, the Isles can be competitive this year and even next year too before really going to true contender status, something that never happened in the Tavares Era.
With a couple of trades and extensions, the Isles can get themselves in a solid position rather quickly. This would be my plan of action now.