Last season, Andrew Ladd didn't have the greatest start to his Islanders career. But, over the second half of the season, he picked up his form.
This season, he hasn't taken long to get off the bus, something that both he and head coach Doug Weight attribute to his health.
"My body is feeling better as a whole, which for me, has given me the opportunity to be more aggressive," Ladd told Cory Wright of the Islanders official website. "I think I'm moving better. To me that's where it all starts."
Over the past eight games, Ladd nearly has a point per game with three goals and three assists. This season in total, he has six goals and six assists.
"He's playing, he's battling and doing everything all over the ice better than he was last year at this time," Weight told Wright."He's elevated his game from even the last half of last year. He's skating better than I've ever seen him as an Islander."
Adding to the praise is Ladd's linemate Jordan Eberle.
"Ladd is a really good net front guy and he can create space," Eberle told Wright. "You look at my goal in Ottawa, the goalie didn't really see me move to the left because Ladd was in front. He does a good job creating space for Barzal and I to maneuver around and he's got a great shot too."