de Haan is one of four left-handed defensemen expected to be on the Isles’ roster this season. The 26-year-old, who is more of a defensive-minded blue-liner despite recording a career-high 25 points last season, slots in behind Nick Leddy and ahead of both Thomas Hickey and 22-year-old Adam Pelech, who inked a four-year contract earlier in the off-season.
The Islanders’ overall defense corps is thinner than a year ago with the trade of right-handed shot Travis Hamonic to the Flames at the NHL Draft. Though limited by injury to only 49 games played, Hamonic was a sturdy defender whose solid two-way play will be missed in Brooklyn this season, putting more responsibility on the likes of de Haan.
Should de Haan depart next summer as a free agent, that would be two heavily relied upon defensemen exiting the Islanders in a 13-month span. If 36-year-old Dennis Seidenberg departs in the summer of 2018, that makes three regulars on the back end to leave, meaning the Isles must be prepared to fill potential holes on the defense corps, whether from within or outside the organization.
But the underlying numbers also support Niederreiter getting a long-term committment from Minnesota. Niederreiter has been one of the better puck-possession drivers and best forwards in the entire NHL at suppressing scoring chances.
No matter whom he has skated with, Niederreiter’s lines have controlled the puck at high rates. He finished with a Corsi-for percentage of 55.3, tops among Wild players last season.
Looking at his most-common linemates, Eric Staal and Charlie Coyle, each player’s numbers took a nosedive when they were not on the ice with Niederreiter. Staal and Coyle saw their Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys Corsi-for percentage dip six and seven points respectively without Niederreiter by their side, according to Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com, where Niederreiter’s numbers actually improved without Jerseys Supply those players.