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Isles Player Preview: Andrew Ladd

Ladd was the Islanders big free-agent acquisition in the offseason

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

2015-16 Season: Andrew Ladd split the 2015-16 season between the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks, combining for 25 goals and 46 points. 

Ladd captained the Jets for six years, dating back to their days as the Atlanta Thrashers, but was dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline. Ladd scored 12 points (8G, 4A) in 19 games for the Blackhawks down the stretch, which included a goal in his return to Winnipeg. 

Ladd chipped in a pair of points (1G, 1A) in Chicago's first-round series against the St. Louis Blues. He was signed by the Islanders on July 1, inking a seven-year deal. 

Highlight Reel Moment: Andrew Ladd highlights from the 2015-16 season.

Video: Watch highlights of newest Islander, Andrew Ladd

 The Look Ahead: Ladd was the Islanders' big free-agent signing this offseason, signing for the maximum term of seven years. The former captain and three-time 25-goal scorer is here to be a key cog in the Islanders offense and provide leadership. He's hit at least 50 points in four of the last five full seasons and scored nearly a point-per-game in the lockout-shortened season. He's won two Stanley Cups (Carolina in 2006, Chicago in 2010), so he brings championship experience that the Islanders are looking to gain. 

Ladd can play a host of roles, averaging over two minutes of power play and penalty kill time per game last season. He's a versatile player, which helps offset the departure of a versatile player like Frans Nielsen. He's tough, playing through a sports hernia in the 2015 playoffs and plays a gritty north-south game. Expectations are high for any big-ticket free agent, but Ladd says Islanders fans should expect him to play the same game he played in Winnipeg and Chicago. 

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