Mayfield was dealing with an ankle issue at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Mayfield was able to power through and continue suiting up during the postseason, but did see his ice time dip slightly to 18:33 per game for the second-round series with Carolina, compared to 18:44 in the regular season. The blueliner came just one point shy of the 20-point threshold this season and should challenge for that mark in 2019-20.
Mayfield notched an assist and four PIM in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.
It was an unceremonious exit for Mayfield, as the Islanders were swept out of the playoffs in the second round. He managed two assists, 21 hits and 18 blocked shots over eight postseason contests, a stat line that comes as no surprise considering he's typically used in a more defensive role.
Mayfield (undisclosed) was able to participate in Monday's practice without restriction, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
This news is certainly positive after Mayfield was unable to practice since the team finished off the Penguins on Tuesday. The 26-year-old was able to make his presence felt last series, racking up an assist to go along with eight hits and 10 blocks. All signs point to Mayfield resuming his spot on the third defensive pair with Devon Toews for Round 2.
Mayfield (undisclosed) didn't take part in practice for the Islanders on Saturday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Coach Barry Trotz has stated that the past two days off for Mayfield were just for "maintenance," but as we all know, coaches tend not to tell the truth at this time of year. The Islanders will do all they can to make sure that Mayfield is ready to play when the Isles resume their playoff hunt as they have already lost one defender in Johnny Boychuk (leg) for the next 3-4 weeks and can ill afford to lose another.
Mayfield finished the 2018-19 regular season with four goals, 15 assists and a rating of plus-18 in 79 games.
Mayfield is 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, which makes him the biggest Islanders defender. This will be important in the first-round series versus the Penguins as the Isles are likely to ask him to bang up against Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and every other Penguins forward every chance he gets to try and wear them down over a long series.
Mayfield scored a goal and posted 12 PIM in a 5-2 loss to the Flyers on Saturday.
This performance broke a few droughts for Mayfield. It was the first time in six games where he sat in the penalty box, and Mayfield snapped a 47-game goalless streak. But despite not scoring since Nov. 18, Mayfield has a career-high four goals and 18 points with a plus-18 rating this season. He also has 62 PIM and 81 shots on net, all of which are career bests, in 65 games.
Mayfield won't play when the Islanders take on the Flames on Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Now that Thomas Hickey has been activated off of long-term IR, coach Barry Trotz will have a decision to make before each game for the rest of the season as the Islanders have seven legitimate defensive starters for six spots. Mayfield is the odd man out Tuesday, but Trotz gave no indication that will become commonplace. Mayfield will next get a chance to play Thursday when the Isles take on the Maple Leafs in the return of John Tavares to Long Island.
Mayfield is having the best season of his career to date with three goals and 14 assists, while leading the defense with a plus-16 rating.
Mayfield seems to be thriving under the defensive system set up by Barry Trotz. He will never be mistaken for an offensive defenseman, but he can be counted on to keep the best players in check while not being completely lost in the offensive zone. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Mayfield also adds size in front of his own net, something that is also valuable to the Islanders. Mayfield has proven this season that he deserves a starting job, though he can't afford to be complacent, as the Isles are loaded with young defensive prospects that will push for his job over the next couple of seasons.
Mayfield is tied with Anders Lee and Brock Nelson for the top rating on the Islanders with a plus-14.
This is quite a turnaround for Mayfield, who finished last season with a minus-6 rating in 47 games. Mayfield is never going to be mistaken for an offensive defenseman, but he has also set career highs this season in goals (three) and assists (12) in 43 games played. While Mayfield won't play on the power play, he'll be on the ice during crunch time when the Islanders need to protect a lead late in the game.
Mayfield hasn't registered a point for the Islanders in his last 10 games.
Mayfield is known for his play in the defensive, not the offensive zone, so a scoring drought shouldn't come as much of a surprise. On the season Mayfield does have three goals and 13 points in 33 games, but more importantly to the team, has a rating of plus-9. The Islanders will have decision to make when play resumes after the holiday break about what to do with their glut of defensemen, but Mayfield should not be in any danger of losing playing time.
Mayfield set up two goals in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Mayfield has suddenly gotten hot -- try five assists in his last five games. And he has 15 points in 24 contests. This isn't what we expected from Mayfield this season, but we'll take it. And so should you. Check your wire.
Mayfield has two goals, five assists, and has a plus-7 rating in 16 games for the Islanders this season.
Mayfield has been a steadying influence on the Islanders blue line this year. Mayfield will never be mistaken for an offensive dynamo, but 7-9 goals, 30 points, with a rating of greater than plus-20 would be a season that both the player and team would easily accept.
Mayfield (toe) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Panthers.
Mayfield suffered a cut on his toe during Saturday's loss to the Sharks, but he was never in serious danger of missing Wednesday's contest. The 26-year-old American, who's picked up one goal and five points in five games this season, will skate with Thomas Hickey on the Islanders' second pairing against Florida.
Mayfield had his toe cut Saturday after being stepped on during a loss to the Sharks, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
There is no word yet on the severity of the injury or if Mayfield is in any danger of missing games. The Islanders don't play again until Wednesday versus Florida, so there is plenty of optimism that Mayfield will be good to go by that point. Mayfield has a goal, four assists, and a plus-3 rating in five games.
Mayfield went plus-5 with three even-strength assists in Thursday's 7-2 road win over the Kings.
Mayfield has been a sneaky fantasy play with only 83 NHL games under his belt heading into the 2018-19 season. Thanks to this career-best performance, the 2011 second-round (34th overall) pick is up to one goal and four helpers to exceed a point-per-game clip through the first two weeks of the regular season. His hot start very well could have staying power since the team seems to be responding well to first-year Isles coach Barry Trotz. For now, Mayfield is getting little to no power-play time, however.
Mayfield collected an assist and five PIM in Wednesday's 4-1 road loss to the Ducks.
Mayfield lit the lamp in his season debut against the Sharks on Oct. 8, and he now has two points in his first three games this season. It's an impressive start for the third-pairing defenseman, but between his light role and time in the sin bin basically representing the lone constant of his game, Mayfield isn't likely to engage the fantasy population. However, New York's 2011 second-round (34th overall) draft pick is worth keeping tabs on in case he continues to prove his detractors wrong.
Mayfield scored one goal, dished out two hits and blocked three shots in Monday's 4-0 win over the Sharks.
Mayfield produced a solid, diversified stat line, but he saw just 13:56 of ice time. Stuck on the bottom pairing without power-play minutes, his fantasy value remains low.
Mayfield is expected to play for the first time this season Monday versus the Sharks, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Mayfield has acted as the Islanders' seventh defenseman during the team's first two games this season. He was paired with Thomas Hickey at practice Sunday, and that duo is expected to play together during Monday's matinee. Mayfield will take the place of Luca Sbisa.
Mayfield finished the season with two goals, 10 assists and a minus-6 rating in 47 games for the Islanders.
Mayfield missed quite a bit of time due to a broken leg but when healthy, he was one of the more reliable defenders for the team. The defensive corps could have a different look next season, as it was a major part of the reason the team gave up a league-worst 296 goals. The Islanders could also look to upgrade the defense in free agency as both Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey may depart via free agency. Mayfield is unlikely to be anything more than a second-pair defender no matter who comes or who leaves and won't see much if any power play time.
Mayfield won't be asked to play Friday versus Toronto and Saturday in New Jersey if he does not feel up to it, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
With the Islanders out of playoff contention and Mayfield having just returned from a broken leg, the Islanders will play it cautious and not ask him to play back to back games if he doesn't feel ready to do so. Mayfield has two goals and 10 assists in 44 games for the Islanders this season and is expected to be a big part of their defensive corps for the next few years. They won't risk his health in what are essentially meaningless games to close out what has become a forgettable season.
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