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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 24: John Tavares
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 24: John Tavares /

22. New York Islanders (-)

The New York Islanders need to prepare for this offseason in two ways. One plan depends on if they can re-sign John Tavares and the other plan is if they are able to keep him. His decision will decide the immediate future of the team. If he comes back the Islanders can become an immediate playoff contender with a few small pieces. If he decides to leave things will get a little more difficult to become a playoff team but it will not be impossible.

By now everyone knows the success of rookie Mathew Barzal, but what is next? The answer is Kieffer Bellows. Bellows left Boston University and played this season in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks. He was able to accumulate 74 points in 56 games. On top of that, he represented the United States during the World Juniors tournament. Bellows could be a great depth addition to the Islanders lineup and balance out the scoring.

The New York Islanders have won two of their last six games. Their only wins came against the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators. Their four losses came against the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers. There are five games left for the New York Islanders before the entire league is on John Tavares Watch to see where he may end up next year. Tavares will without a doubt be one of the biggest stories to watch this offseason, as he can make almost any team a playoff contender.