The New York Islanders haven’t made the playoffs since 2006-07, but the pieces seem to be slowly falling in place for them. John Tavares is blossoming into a legitimate star, they have found some diamond-in-the-roughs in P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson and turned them top-six forwards, and their supporting cast is starting to look impressive. They are still young and have a fair amount of growing left to do, but they have been making progress even if their record doesn’t reflect it yet.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.