Before the 2018-19 season started the New York Islanders weren’t given much respect around the NHL. Now that they’ve played 47 games and sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division, how have they answered some of the questions we had in September?
The New York Islanders are one of the better teams in the Metropolitan Division. At the time of writing, they sit at the top of the division by a single point. This is the division that holds the last three Stanley Cup winners and three of the past four President Trophy winners.
This isn’t a weak division. And yet the New York Islanders sit at the top. A team that was widely regarded as a team that would slip down the standings after losing a top line center and bringing in bottom tier players.
It didn’t look good going into the season. And because of that, we had a number of questions for the team back in September.
At that point the roster was set, so we had a good idea what the Islanders would look like going into the season. Which caused some concerns from the fanbase. We had five questions before a puck even dropped. Now that we’re 47 into the season how have the Islanders answered these questions?
For reference sake, here’s the original post from September with the initial five questions about the Islanders going into the 2018-19 season.