New York Islanders Trade Value Power Rankings by Position
Andrew Ladd: With only 31 points and a monster six years at $5.5 million and being on the wrong side of 30 Andrew Ladd has no trade value what-so-ever at the moment. It’s going to take a strong season, like career year strong, to regain any value in the trade market. Can you see Ladd scoring more that 62 points in 2017-18? I can’t.
Cal Clutterbuck: Unless an NHL team is looking for a battering ram no one’s going to bite for a soon to be 30-year-old locked into a $3.5 million deal through 2020-21. He generally leads the league in hits, falling well short this season with 222, or 17th. So what’s he being paid for? Twenty points? Or is it for being the perfect personification of Brooklyn hipster?
Casey Cizikas: With a $3.35 million cap hit through the next four seasons there isn’t a single NHL team that’s going to want the 26-year-old fourth line center. Even though he gets 1.91 points per 60 minutes and averages.
Shane Prince: His in the last year of his two-year $850,000 deal, and put up 18 points in-and-out of the lineup. The Isles acquired him and a seventh for a third-round pick in 2015. Getting a fourth-round pick back would be generous, but who wants a guy that barely gets into an NHL team on a one-way deal?
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Nikolay Kulemin: He’s only 30-years-old and produces very little with 23 points this season. He also in the last year of that crazy $4.187 million deal. If the Isles are out of the playoff picture come the trade deadline flipping him, while retaining some salary, for a late pick seems plausible.
Alan Quine: In his first full NHL season with the Isles Quine fit right in on that fourth line. His penalty killing was great. He was that perfect determined, never quit player. But with a 45.9% Corsi-For and 18 points on the season, suitors aren’t lining up for the 24-year-old.
Jason Chimera: At 38-years-old the interest would certainly be low. But considering he can still skate, put up 33 points, and has a modest cap hit of $2.25 million ending this season a team familiar with his work, such as Edmonton or Washington could come calling.
Anthony Beauvillier: In the cap era what team doesn’t need 19-year-olds that can put up 25 points in a season? He makes less than a million on the cap, it’s actually $894,167 for the next two years. He missed a bunch of the season thanks to some bad coaching, but with 82 games he could hit the 30-40 point mark. That’s worth a lot to teams against the cap.
Ryan Strome: Potential is worth something. He scored 30 points and only has a $2.5 million cap hit this season and is only 23-years-old. This is still the same player that scored 50 points in his second year in the NHL. But every year he falls short I remember Johnathan Cheechoo.
Josh Ho-Sang: He only played in 21 games this season and scored ten points. But the 20-year-old was dynamic for every shift. If the Islanders are shopping for big name talent to add to their squad Ho-Sang’s name is surely one of the first ones teams are asking for.
Brock Nelson: How much does a 40 point player cost in the NHL these days? Cal Clutterbuck gets $3.5 for 20 and killing penalties. Brock Nelson is in the last year of a $2.5 million deal and at 25-years-old still has RFA years left. He’s averaged just over 42 points in his last three seasons. For the cost to the cap and the production he brings Nelson has great value.
Anders Lee: With 34 goals, 52 points, only 26-years-old and carries a $3.75 million cap hit. Anders Lee’s return in a trade would be substantial for the Isles. Teams looking for a consistent can capable goal scorer should look no further.
Josh Bailey: After a career year, Josh Bailey’s trade value is at its peak. At 27-years-old he’s finally put up the points we all thought he might. It only took him nine years to get there. With an expiring $3.3 million deal, it would be best to shop Bailey at the draft rather than wait for the deadline where his value significantly diminishes.
John Tavares: He’s a superstar player with a digestible cap hit for the 2017-18 season. Trading him could return a whole list of players for the New York Islanders. His trade value might be astronomical, but the whole he’d leave on the roster and the hearts-and-minds of this franchise and it’s fans, were he to leave, would be equally astronomical.