Mayfield hasn't registered a point in his last 15 games for the Islanders.
Mayfield has a career-high five goals and 13 points in 59 games this season, but everyone is under scrutiny with the team struggling to score, including players that generally aren't relied upon to produce offense. Mayfield does have a plus-8 rating this season but even that is off from his plus-18 last season. The bottom line is Mayfield is a solid defensive defenseman who shouldn't be relied upon to produce much offensively.
Mayfield took part in the optional practice for the Islanders on Saturday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Mayfield missed practice Friday due to what coach Barry Trotz called a maintenance day. The Islanders can't afford to lose any of their defenders for any length of time as they are woefully short on depth at that position after the loss of Adam Pelech (Achilles) for the season. If a defender were to go down, it seems that Sebastian Aho would be next in line for additional playing time.
Mayfield is averaging just under 22 minutes of ice time over his last six games.
Coach Barry Trotz has been looking for someone to pick up the slack since Adam Pelech (Achilles) was lost for the season. Mayfield fits that bill right now. He's not an offensive player but provides a strong physical presence in front of his own net. Mayfield only has five goals (career high) and eight assists in 49 games this season to go along with a plus-10 rating.
Mayfield had an assist in Tuesday's 8-2 win over Detroit.
Mayfield has played 10 games since missing a Dec. 23 contest with the flu. Since returning, the defenseman has scored a goal and tallied a pair of assists while averaging over 19 minutes of ice time.
Mayfield is expected to play Friday in Chicago, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Mayfield missed the 3-2 loss to the Blue Jackets on Monday due to the flu but has recovered and will take his normal spot along with Devon Toews on defense for the Islanders on Friday. Mayfield has four goals, six assists and a rating of plus-5 in 34 games for the Islanders this season.
Mayfield did not dress for Monday's game against Columbus due to an illness.
Monday will be Mayfield's first missed game of the season. He's averaging a career-high 19:34 of playing time and has 10 points in 34 contests. Mayfield should be good to go for Friday's game in Chicago, but Noah Dobson will replace him in Monday's lineup.
Mayfield picked up an assist and four shots on goal in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Stars.
Mayfield has assembled a modest three-game point streak with a goal and two helpers. The defenseman is up to nine points, 46 shots, 50 hits and 40 blocked shots through 28 games this season. He seems well-prepared to set a new career high in points -- he had a personal-best 19 in 79 contests in 2018-19.
Mayfield picked up an assist and three hits in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Kings.
Mayfield saw Derick Brassard redirect his point shot in the first period for the Islanders' lone goal. Mayfield has been steady with six points, 44 hits and 35 blocked shots in 23 games this season. He's not flashy, but solid all-around production could interest fantasy owners in deeper formats.
Mayfield scored his third goal of the season as the Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime Thursday.
The goal was a seeing-eye special as netminder Matt Murray never saw it through a screen. Mayfield is known more for his big body and hitting ability, but he can chip in offensively on occasion. On the season the 27-year-old has three goals and two assists to go along with a plus-4 rating. He'll remain an integral part of the defense for coach Barry Trotz going forward.
Mayfield has one goal, two assists and a plus-3 rating in 15 games this season.
Those numbers aren't going to jump out at anyone from a statistical standpoint, but Mayfield is a trusted member of the defensive corps for the Islanders. He's usually partnered with the more offensively gifted Devon Toews. Coach Barry Trotz likes that pairing because he can trust Mayfield to take care of his defensive end and allow Toews to handle the offensive load.
Mayfield scored his first goal of the season as the Islanders defeated the Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday.
Yes, it was an empty-net goal, but they all count the same. Mayfield isn't on the team to provide much offense as his highest point total was last year with 19, but he is a steady defender with size that the Islanders use to clear the front of their net. Mayfield will continue to be asked to keep the opponents top offensive weapons in check.
Mayfield notched an assist and went plus-2 in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Jets.
Mayfield produced the primary helper on Anders Lee's second-period tally, good for the defenseman's first point of the year. He has seven blocked shots and four hits in his first two games. The 26-year-old managed 19 points in 79 contests last season.
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.
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