Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades – New York Islanders

Ian Gooding


For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.


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Gone Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd, Nick Leddy, Travis Zajac, Michael Dal Colle

Incoming Richard Panik

Impact of Changes – The Islanders' offseason had been in a holding pattern until September 1, when the team finally announced the signings of RFAs Anthony Beauvillier and Ilya Sorokin, along with trade deadline acquisition Kyle Palmieri and longtime Islander Casey Cizikas. The Islanders may not be done, as they are believed to have signed (but not officially announced) Zach Parise, whose lucrative contract with Minnesota was bought out this offseason. There may also be plans to sign trade deadline acquisition Zajac as well as former first-round pick Dal Colle, but we've listed them as departures in case they will not return.

There were a few transactions that occurred earlier in the offseason, mainly related to Seattle expansion. Top-6 forward Jordan Eberle was lost in the Seattle draft, with Palmieri his most likely replacement. 2018 first-round pick