Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: New York Islanders



Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – New York Islanders


For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



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GoneNikolay Kulemin, Calvin De Haan, Alan Quine, Chris Wagner, John Tavares, Jaroslav Halak, Brandon Davidson, Shane Prince, Dennis Seidenberg, Coach Doug Weight, GM Garth Snow


Incoming – Jan Kovar, Matt Martin, Robin Lehner, Tom Kuhnhackl, Mike Sislo, Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, Yannick Rathgeb, Coach Barry Trotz, GM Lou Lamoriello


Impact of changes – Not much. Just their generational player is gone, a big chunk of personnel have changed, a different goaltending situation, a new coach and coaching system, and new management with a completely different direction. Other than that, it’s status quo.

Poolies are having difficulty putting their finger on this one. There are so many things that have changed with this team and they have a very real impact throughout not just the roster, but throughout the entire organization. One thing that fantasy owners agree on is this – the production of every key player last season will drop. If newcomer Kovar is good enough to anchor a line with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey, then at least they can leave the Mat Barzal line intact (with Anthony Beauvillier and Jordan Eberle). If they can do that much, then while Barzal will take a small hit in points, it shouldn’t be too bad for the other two because they only really started rolling in the second half and now