As hard as it may be to believe, John Tavares isn’t the only star residing in Long Island these days. In fact, the New York Islanders have two rising stars up front. The second one just isn’t as pronounced as Tavares.
There has been a steady ascent taking place in New York, as far as the play of Matt Moulson is concerned. He doesn’t quite get the attention that he deserves, but he’s improved nearly every season he’s been in the league, particularly in his time with the Isles. He’s matching Tavares nearly point-for-point this season.
Moulson’s already 29, which makes him a late bloomer of sorts. He’s not going to be a star for a couple of decades like Tavares will be, but he’s grown to be a very dependable player for the Islanders.
Now in his fourth season with the Islanders, Moulson has never missed a game. He played in all 82 games each of the past three seasons and has played in all 22 this year. He’s tallied 30 goals all three years, with last year proving to be a career year for Moulson.
The 2011-2012 campaign featured an output of 69 points for Moulson. He finished with 36 goals and 33 assists. Those numbers are in the upper tier as far as offensive forwards go. But playing for such a putrid Islanders squad, he’s obviously not going to get the credit that he would otherwise.
The shortened season in 2013 has obviously prevented Moulson from making a run at matching those career highs. But that doesn’t mean that he’s not going to continue putting up strong numbers. He already has 24 points in 22 games this season and is near the league leaders in goals, with 10 on the season so far.
Matt Moulson is a point per game player. There’s no doubt about that anymore. His development took a while, which set him back as far as a real opportunity to make an impact goes. He has it now and will be a key piece of the Islanders as they look to get back into contention in the near future.