With the New York Islanders season nearly half finished, there is certainly tons of talk about scoring to be found about the organization. With the emergence of John Tavares as a star caliber player and Kyle Okposo, P.A. Parenteau, and Matt Moulson finding their game, the defensemen have become a somewhat forgotten lately.
Talk about the goaltenders is easier to find and a new arena seems to be a hotter debate. For the Islanders defense core, I think this is a good thing. Their lineup has been more consistent than in previous seasons and the guys are finally getting it together.
Through the difficulties of facing injuries and having a bunch of goaltenders to become familiar with, the Isles defense has improved from this point last season.
Nine players have played defense for the Islanders this season and here are my rankings for all nine defensemen to suit-up for the Isles.