Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – New York Islanders
For the last 16 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 17th 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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Gone – Stephen Gionta, Robin Lehner, Valtteri Filppula, Luca Sbisa
Incoming – Derick Brassard, Semyon Varlamov
Impact of changes – Tomato/tomatto. Varlamov could do everything that Lehner did, with Barry Trotz as the coach. He is a bit more of an injury risk though, which means Thomas Greiss should – at least on paper – see more games than the 43 he got into last year. Brassard simply replaces Filppula, which hurts them defensively a little, but Trotz’s tight coaching style should make up for that
Ready for full-time – Now we can finally see Josh Ho-Sang at work. He’s appeared in this space the last two years and each time his attitude and reputation (likely) caused him to be sent down. Because when he’s out there for the Islanders he most definitely drives the play. He’s not a goal scorer but he is definitely one of the better set-up men among the NHL prospects. He now has to clear waivers in order to be sent down, so either expect him to make the team or expect a trade.
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