Fantasy Impact: Barry Trotz – Fired!



The New York Islanders have announced that Head Coach Barry Trotz has been relieved of his duties.

After a 37-35-10 record and a disturbing inability to get his team to put pucks in the net, Barry Trotz has been fired as coach of the Islanders.

It's a new era of scoring across the league, and the Isles are still in 2010. The team scored just 231 goals, good for 24th in the league. They were 30th in shots on goal and had the second lowest total time on the power play, with a PP that at 21.6% was slightly above average.

This move can only be good in terms of offense from the skaters. In 2019-20, the Isles had Mathew Barzal (72) and Brock Nelson (65) with a full-season pace of more than 53 points. In 2020-21, only Barzal (67) was above that full-season mark. This past season, again Barzal (66) and Nelson (67) had that pace. Every other skater produced at a sub-53-point pace. A lot of players stand to gain here.

Fantasy Players Impacted: Mat Barzal could really take off under the right coach. He had 85 points as a rookie and hasn't touched 73 (pace) since. He turns 25 soon and enters his prime – is 90 in the cards?

With Brock Nelson, I also wonder where his ceiling is. He'll be 31 in the fall, but he still has a couple of productive years left (depending on the new coach and how he is used). Is he another David Perron who seems to get better as he heads into his 30s? I cautiously think that under the right situation he can build on the career season that he just had. Though his goal totals will decline from 37 – his 21.6 S% is way too high.

Noah Dobson broke out last season, tallying 51 points. With everyone around him getting a bit of a boost, it stands to reason that Dobson will pile on some more apples.

Anders Lee had a rough start to the season returning from injury, but a stronger second half and he should return to his 55-point ways. Higher, if he plays with Barzal under the new coach.