Andy Graziano and I have begun our annual season review, taking a look back at the 2016-17 Islanders and analyzing each player's performance in a down season that saw the team miss the playoffs by one point.
We will be offering two reviews per week that will take us right through to the beginning of training camp in September. Of course, there are a couple of things to sort out prior, such as free agency and potential trades that could alter the look of this franchise going forward.
10 - Alan Quine - Center
6 foot, 200 pounds
24 years old
Contract: $612,500 cap hit signed through 2017-18 (RFA)
Season: 61 GP, 5 G - 13 A - 18 Pts, 8 PIM, 82 Shots, 12:31 TOI, 45.5 Corsi
Career: 63 GP, 6 G - 13 A - 19 Pts, 8 PIM, 87 Shots, 12:41 TOI, 45.7 Corsi
The biggest problem Quine had this season was finding enough time on the ice.
After he came out of the blue last season, going from fill-in body to get the regulars rest before the playoffs to an overtime hero and a player getting first-line power play time against the Panthers and Lightning in the postseason, Quine was firmly on fans' radar coming into this year. But with the Isles' glut of forwards, it was hard to muster more than fourth-line minutes for Quine, who saw his playing time dip.
An injury to Shane Prince in training camp allowed Quine to see some action early on, but he still averaged just 8:57 of ice time in six games in October. And once it became clear that Anthony Beauvillier wasn't going to see his minutes held back by Doug Weight the way they were under Jack Capuano, Quine saw his ice time go down after he cooled off from a mini-scoring stretch in January.
Still, Quine's skill set plays nicely to what Weight wants to do, and he tallied five of his 18 points from February to April. Quine's speed is his biggest asset, and if the Isles want to play a little more of an open game, Quine could be a key ingredient to that, especially when teamed with fellow burner Jason Chimera on the fourth line.
IPB Grade: C. Nothing spectacular, but no glaring problems here for Quine, who did a fine job doing what he was asked to do. And while he'll likely be spending a significant amount of time in the press box this season, Quine is more than capable of stepping in when one of the regular forwards needs a rest. It remains to be seen just how often he'll be called upon.