The answer is Dwayne Roloson.
The statistics don’t tell the whole story, but anyone who has watched every Islanders game this season knows there is very little argument. In keeping his often over-matched team in the playoff race past the Olympic break, Roloson was one of the most valuable goaltenders in the league.
With two games remaining, Roloson is 23-18-6 with a 2.94 GAA and .908 save percentage. In the games he played in which the Islanders earned points, it would not be a stretch to say Roloson was one of his team’s best players in two-thirds of them.
Perhaps as soon as next season, the Islanders will be carried by a true breakout season by one of their core players. Although the team was full of happy stories in 2009-10, this was Roloson’s year. Thankfully for the Islanders, he is under contract for another one.
The Point Blank Ballot for NYI MVP:
1. Dwayne Roloson
2. John Tavares: Gets the edge on the rest not just for his team-leading production as a 19-year-old rookie, but for representing hope.
3. Matt Moulson: 28 goals, shootout mastery, responsible defense, great attitude.
4. Mark Streit: Averaged over 25 minutes a game and carried a thin blue line. Skill, guts, leadership, class. What a find.
5. Kyle Okposo: I want to keep the bar high for the young man. He had a strong season, but is capable of much more. The good news is, Okposo knows it.
Your selections for Islanders MVP only are welcomed in Comments. One post per reader please. We’ll invent and discuss some other awards over the next week.