After another loss in a winnable game against the Canucks earlier in the week, the Islanders' dismal second half of the season continued to slide in the wrong direction.
What plan this team has for the future is beyond me at this point. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and knowing how this franchise has been run for the better part of two-and-half decades, fans won't like how things continue to go in the near future. There are plenty of negatives that you can harp on this team, whether it's the front office, bad defense or the lingering John Tavares situation. Take your pick, and you can discuss it at length for as long as you desire.
But let's take a moment to appreciate something positive in what is becoming a lost season. Mathew Barzal is almost a sure-fire bet to win this year's Calder Trophy for the league's rookie of the year. Especially with the recent injuries to Charlie McAvoy and Brock Boeser, you can pretty much take it to the bank that Barzal will be the first Islander to take home the award since Bryan Berard did so in 1996-97...