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New York Islanders Best Deals to Make With Vegas

Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock (6) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) against the Nashville Predators in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
May 16, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Jakob Silfverberg (33) against the Nashville Predators in game three of the Western Conference Final of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

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The New York Islanders need scoring depth up top. Their top three of John Tavares, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey worked out well last season. But the drop-off from the top three was significant.

Brock Nelson seems like a lock for 40-45 points as usual, Andrew Ladd picked up his play in the second half of the season, but who knows if he can produce that from day one next season. And then who completes the top six?

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The Isles should send Ryan Strome to the Golden Knights along with our first round pick and send us Jakob Silfverberg in return.

Strome doesn’t seem like he’ll hit the highs he set back in 2014-15 where he put up 50 points in his second season in the NHL. He certainly looked better in the later half of last season. But still not what he was two seasons before.

In Silfverberg the Islanders get a young, he’s 26 years-old, winger who’s putting up more and more points every season. Last season he put 49 points, ten better than the season before.

He’s a great playoff performer with just under a point-per-game in the last three season with 37 points in 40 games. Lastly, he’s on a fantastic $3.75 million deal for the next two season before entering UFA status.

The Golden Knights get a player that still has another four seasons of team control in Ryan Strome. There’s still quality in Strome’s game, but a change of scenery might be required to get that out of him.

McPhee’s spent a few years in the Isles organization and likely knows exactly what to do with Strome to get the best out of him. Maybe playing center? It’s certainly something the Isles seems gun shy to commit to.

Garth Snow has said he wants Strome to play center, but a handful of games that decision seemed to have been flipped by then coach Jack Capuano.

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