Matt Moulson Might Be the New York Islanders' Best Player

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 06:  Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 6, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Who is the guy wearing the No. 26 for the New York Islanders you ask?

That would be Matt Moulson, the 26-year-old left winger from Canada, who is second on the Islanders with 18 points in 21 games.

The guy ahead of him, John Tavares, who has 19 points, is also his linemate, and the two of them have gelled into a dynamic duo on the ice.

After last season, where the leading point man was defenseman Mark Streit, this season it looks like the Islanders have turned it around.

But who would have thought it would be this quick.

The John Tavares affect to me is like a combination of having a great scorer and a great assist man, who is able to cause defenseman to collapse on him, leaving other players open for shots.

And that's where Matty Moulson steps in. After not being given much of a chance the last couple years with the Los Angeles Kings, Moulson signed a one year deal this summer with the Islanders.

And he is immediately paying dividends.

The Islanders resurgent goal scoring has helped push the team to victory on more than one occasion, and Moulson leads the team with 10 goals on the year, including two in the Isles' last game, a 4-1 win in Boston.

If Moulson keeps pace and plays every game, he is projected to finish with 70 points from 39 goals and 31 assists. One can only hope that it will happen.

After a horrific 2008-2009 season, Islanders fans now have something to be excited about, and Moulson and Tavares are a huge part of that.


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