He finished the season with 11 points in only 21 games, though he had eight points over his final 13 contests — a 51-point pace over 82 games, which is about where he produced in his previous three NHL seasons. Hischier’s underlying numbers were well below what was expected of him; his CF% was 47 percent, while his xG% was 46.6 percent. But it was pretty much a lost season for him because of all the injuries.
The New Jersey Devils were one of the NHL’s youngest teams this past season, and many times they played like it. Using 11 rookies at times, the Devils made mistakes and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. Still, the Devils showed a lot of promise.
Islanders Weekly is my series that looks at the performance and outlook of the New York Islanders. Every Thursday, we will take a look at the week that was for the Islanders, highlighting key players and trends while looking at the road ahead. Thursday’s meeting with the already eliminated Devils didn’t go according to plan, as New Jersey was able to find a late second-period goal from Michael McLeod to build a lead they wouldn’t give up, winning this one 2-1.