Islanders get younger at defenseman with Romanov addition

After the NHL Draft, free company and different offseason strikes, NHL.com is inspecting the place every group stands forward of the 2022-23 common season, which begins on Oct. 7. Today, the New York Islanders:

2021-22 season: 37-35-10, fifth in Metropolitan Division; didn’t qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Key arrival

Alexander RomanovD: The 22-year-old, who was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on July 7 for a first-round choose (No. 13) within the 2022 NHL Draft (ahead Frank Nazar), had 13 factors (three objectives, 10 assists) in 79 video games final season. Romanov additionally led the Canadiens in blocked pictures (144) and shorthanded time on ice (203:26), and his 227 hits ranked sixth within the NHL at his place.

Video: SEA@MTL: Romanov nets one brief aspect excessive

Key departures

Zdeno Chara, D: Chara, who’s an unrestricted free agent, will determine on his future in September, his agent advised The Boston Globe on June 25. Chara had 14 factors (two objectives, 12 assists) in 72 video games final season, his first since becoming a member of the Islanders. ; he performed for them his first 4 NHL seasons (1997-2001). The 45-year-old owns the document for many video games performed by a defenseman in NHL historical past (1,680). … Andy Greene, D: Greene, who can be a UFA, had 10 factors (two objectives, eight assists) in 69 video games final season. … Barry Trotz, coach: Trotz was fired on May 9 after New York didn’t qualify for the playoffs for the primary time in his 4 seasons. He was changed seven days later by Lane Lambert, who was promoted from affiliate coach. Trotz is third in NHL historical past in wins (914) and second in video games coached (1,812), behind Scotty Bowman (2,141), and received the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals in 2018.

On the cusp

Robin Salo, D: The 23-year-old, who was chosen within the second spherical (No. 46) of the 2017 NHL Draft, may very well be in line for extra ice time after he had 5 factors (one purpose, 4 assists) in 21 video games as a rookie final season. Salo additionally had 20 factors (4 objectives, 16 assists) in 40 video games with Bridgeport of the American Hockey League. … Aatu Raty, F: The 19-year-old had 40 factors (13 objectives, 27 assists) in 41 video games final season for Jukurit in Liiga, the highest skilled league in Finland. Raty, a second-round choose (No. 52) within the 2021 NHL Draft, additionally had one help in six video games for Karpat earlier than being traded to Jukurit. … William Dufour, F: The 20-year-old, a fifth-round choose (No. 152) within the 2020 NHL Draft, agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract on April 21 after he led the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in objectives (56) and was second in factors (116). Dufour was additionally named probably the most invaluable participant of the Memorial Cup after scoring a tournament-leading seven objectives to assist Saint John win the championship. … Simon Holmstrom, F: The 21-year-old, who was chosen within the first spherical (No. 23) of the 2019 NHL Draft, was tied for second in assists (31) and was third in factors (43) in 68 video games with Bridgeport final season.

What they nonetheless want

A scorer to play on the wing with middle Mathew Barzal and inject life into an offense that averaged 2.79 objectives per recreation final season, tied with the Buffalo Sabers for twenty second within the NHL. The Islanders additionally want extra velocity at defenseman, which Salo might present if he performs full time.

Video: NYI@NYR: Barzal beats Shesterkin for his three hundredth level

They mentioned it

“We had a chance to get a 22-year-old top-four defenseman. Tremendous character, super competitiveness. We performed towards him sufficient to really feel that method and know him and acknowledge what he introduced. And he is rising. He’s obtained quite a bit [of room] to develop. He has quite a bit in him doubtlessly to get higher.” — common supervisor Lou Lamoriello on Alexander Romanov

Fantasy focus

Barzal has fantasy bounce-back enchantment following the teaching change. He had an NHL career-high 85 factors as a rookie in 2017-18, however within the 4 seasons below Trotz he by no means had greater than 62. Right wing Oliver Wahlstrom is fourth on the Islanders in objectives per 60 minutes (0.80, minimal 10 video games) over the previous two seasons and led them in pictures on purpose per 60 final season (10.7, minimal 41 video games). He has fantasy breakout potential if he earns a spot on a line with Barzal after enjoying on the third line for a lot of final season. — Pete Jensen

Video: CBJ@NYI: Wahlstrom doubles lead :11 afterward rush

Projected lineup

Anders LeeBrock NelsonAnthony Beauvillier

Josh Bailey — Mathew Barzal — Kyle Palmieri

Zach PariseJean-Gabriel Pageau — Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt MartinCasey CizikasCal Clutterbuck

Adam PelechRyan Pulock

Alexander Romanov — Noah Dobson

Robin Salo — Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin

Semyon Varlamov

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