As everyone knows, the New York Islanders defense was one of the worst in NHL history last season. In order for the team to legitimately contend, Garth Snow, or whoever is leading the team, must fix this weakness.
When the 2017-2018 season started, there was so much hope. The New York Islanders had a fantastic offense, a solid defense, and an effective goaltending tandem, and going into January, it looked like the Islanders would have one of their best seasons in recent memory.
Everything went wrong after that, and this was due to a variety of factors, but the main issue was the defense. The unit looked completely lost, failing to clear opposing players from the crease and keep the puck away from the net.
When the offense was hot, the defense nowhere to be found. Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield, and Dennis Seidenberg have been with the team for multiple seasons, but all proved to be largely ineffective when the team needed them most.
That is why it is imperative that the defense for the New York Islanders has a new look next year. The free agent market might be bare, but there are many options out there to fix the greatest issue for this team.
It starts with eliminating some loose ends to give the Islanders room to add new players to the lineup, and using assets correctly to bring in NHL talent. Here is a realistic plan to fix the defense this offseason.