2) Relying heavily on rookies
There’s no dodging this one.
Everyone has seen the steady decrease of production in Ryan Strome. Since the 2014-15 season, Strome has been struggling heavily, even going as far as being sent down to the AHL last season.
The Islanders put a lot of stock in their young players, and so far Brock Nelson has been the most consistent product (career high 42 points in 2014-15).
Anders Lee has been rebounding significantly, but still was a hamper on the team’s offense for enough time to remove them from contention.