Ramblings: New York Islanders Rundown; Trading Garland for Vrana for Francouz (Jun 16)

Alexander MacLean

2021-06-16

As much as everyone says that the Islanders are no fun to watch, they do provide some entertaining games. They're not on the Vegas or Colorado level of speed or skill, but they're not lacking too much in either. They play a very physical game, and they know how to create chances even against a better team. I'll also note that I very much enjoy playing chess, so to me there is a certain something enjoyable in watching a very smart team play.

I'm hopeful they can re-sign Kyle Palmieri, because he compliments the skillset of the team very well, and for his value, he has settled in after a slow start with the team.

Four points in 17 regular season games is not exactly what the Islanders had in mind when they paid a first rounder for him, however when your opposite winger (Michael Dal Colle) can't even crack the playoff lineup, then getting acclimatized is going to be a bit more difficult.

In the playoffs, Palmieri now has nine points in 14 games, which isn't far off of his peak regular season pace. That regular season pace has been set over the last five years, with hardly any variance. Palmieri has paced for between 54-58 points since joining New Jersey in 2015, and expecting him back around that level next year would be the smart bet regardless of where he signs.

That being said, the Isles also have Anthony Beauvillier and Oliver Wahlstrom who both deserve a bump in ice time. Beauvillier especially looks like he's primed for a bit of a jump in production. Take a look at his splits from this past year:

His line with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey should stick for next year. All four actually struggled in the first quarter, but it was only Beauvillier who took off at the end of the year. He's talented enough to carry a line on his own. It would be great to see him on the first powerplay unit too. Alas, we can't have everything.

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Semyon Varlamov left the game for a short period after a collision with Brayden Point. Luckily for the Islanders their "backup" is just as good. If it was the other way around with