Ramblings – The NHL is Stepping Up the Offense – and We Love It (Mar 28)



With the Trade Deadline a week past, I've been paying attention to how the new players have been used on their new teams, and of course how that impacted the players already on those teams. You'll see a few of those observations here. Let's dig in…


First, my Islanders rant. I didn't plan it, but I started jotting my thoughts and it exploded into a rant. Not sure if it's a rant against Trotz or a rant against Lamoriello. Maybe both?

When the Islanders got off to such a terrible start, it was my opinion that the coach (Barry Trotz) had lost the team. That opinion hasn't changed. I think the team is better than this. They are 10-10-3 in their last 23, and 4-3-1 in the last eight. Zero indication of a second-half surge that gets them close to the playoffs. It's obvious that, after doing nothing at the Trade Deadline, that for some reason management has full confidence in the team and the coaches. And not only did management do nothing – but they extended two of their veterans. Lou Lamoriello has always been the GM to keep his team together no matter how bad. A team that does nothing, he'll make zero changes so that the team can continue to do nothing. Yes, it's a playoff style of coaching, but you have get into the playoffs first. Lamoriello and Trotz are not keeping up with the times. Teams are scoring goals by the bucketful in today's game, and Barry Trotz is chanting "D-Fence!"

That being said, Brock Nelson is overcoming the Trotz obstacle and is on a tear. He has 12 goals in his last 13 games, and 18 points in his last 14. He is now on pace to finish with 61 points, which would lead the Islanders in scoring and set a career high. Mathew Barzal would finish second at 56, Anders Lee at 50, Noah Dobson at 48 and somehow Anthony Beauvillier is on pace to finish next with 40 points (currently has 31). That speaks volumes on the style of this team. Lamoriello is running this team the way he ran the Devils, so I suspect that even if Trotz gets replaced it will be a coach with a similar style. /rant

Mikhail Sergachev snapped a nine-game pointless drought with two on Sunday. He is averaging over 2.5 SOG per game over his last 20 games (i.e. since February 1).

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