New York Islanders Preview Capsule
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Fourth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Jack Capuano (seventh season, seventh NHL season).
ADDED: LW Andrew Ladd, LW Jason Chimera, RW P.A. Parenteau, D Dennis Seidenberg..
LOST: C Frans Nielsen, RW Kyle Okposo, LW Matt Martin, D Marek Zidlicky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Entering his eighth season in the NHL after being selected No. 1 overall in 2009, Tavares had 33 goals and 37 assists last season — down from his career highs for goals (38) and points (86) the previous year. The face of the franchise since joining the league, he’ll be skating with Ladd and Parenteau this season after the roster changes via free agency.
OUTLOOK: With the distractions of the move to Brooklyn behind them, the Islanders have high expectations in their second season at Barclays Center after a successful debut. They’ll be looking to build off their second straight postseason appearance and first playoff series win since 1993. Tavares missed the start of training camp while helping Canada to the World Cup title last week, and will need to develop chemistry with his new linemates. The other lines could also be shuffled through the preseason. Seidenberg rejoins former Bruins teammate Johnny Boychuk and will likely round out the defensive lineup. The Islanders still have a younger core with the newcomers and Boychuk the only players over 30.