A steady scorer for years with the Thrashers/Jets, Andrew Ladd peaked with 62 points in 2014-15, and it's been all downhill from there. After a mediocre 2015-16 split between Winnipeg and Chicago, he moved to the Islanders in the offseason and posted one of the most disappointingly lopsided lines you'll see -- 23 goals accompanied by a mere eight assists. That's out of character for a guy who's generally been just as good at distributing as finishing, and at 31 years old, Ladd shouldn't be washed up yet even though he has a lot of mileage on his tires. He retains a second-line role in Brooklyn, and a bounce-back season is possible, but paying up for his name brand on draft day would be unwise.
Ladd wasn't asked to waive his no-movement clause ahead of Monday's deadline, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. It's somewhat surprising that the team didn't ask Ladd to waive his no-trade clause to expose him to the Vegas expansion draft considering his contract, which many feel is an albatross (six years left at an AAV of $5.5 million). Ladd underwhelmed last season, his first with the Isles, producing just 31 points to go with a career-worst minus-14 rating in 78 games while averaging just 16:11 of ice time -- his lowest since 2009-10. Regardless, the 31-year-old won't be going anywhere and will look to turn things around in Brooklyn when play resumes in October.
Ladd scored on a third-period power play Wednesday, and the goal held up as the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers. It's been a tough first year in New York for Ladd, but at least he's now reached 20 goals for the sixth time in his career. Of course, he also has only eight assists and a minus-12 rating, so his fantasy owners haven't exactly been enjoying the ride. Ladd is only 30 years old, but he's got a lot of mileage, so it's far from clear that he'll ever return to his old 50-to-60-point level.
Ladd's 19th goal of the season against the Canucks on Thursday gave the Isles their second straight win. That's two consecutive games now in which Ladd has scored, bouncing back from an ugly minus-3 performance against Calgary on Sunday. With 25 points in 62 games, Ladd's first year on Long Island has been a huge bust. He was expected to help fill the void left by Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo, but despite his 17.0 shooting percentage, he's done very little for the Islanders offense. He's averaging the lowest ice time of his career since 2009, and his fantasy value has steadily declined over the past two seasons.
Ladd (back) took line rushes in pregame warmups and will play Thursday night's game in Dallas. Ladd won't miss any games as a result of the pesky ailment, so he's slated to skate on the Islanders' second line with Brock Nelson and Josh Ho-Sang on Thursday night. It will be interesting to see whether the addition of Ho-Sang will be enough to break Ladd out of his three-game point drought.
Ladd missed practice Monday due to a back injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. The injury is not considered to be serious and Ladd is fully expected to play when the schedule resumes for the Islanders on Thursday in Dallas. After a terribly slow start to the season Ladd has picked it up of late with four goals in his last seven games.
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