New York Islanders: Six Outside The Box Trade Options For Offense

By Tim Stevenson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Brock Nelson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Brock Nelson /
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NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 17: John Moore
NEWARK, NJ – MARCH 17: John Moore /

Charlie Coyle

Coyle is a hardworking, hard-nosed, right handed center. At 6-3, 221 lbs he supplies size up the middle. His stats have improved every year since he joined the league four and a half years ago.

Last year Coyle had 18 goals and 38 assists for 56 points. Even though his faceoff % is only 46 last season, it’s still stronger than Brock Nelson’s; plus he’s a righty, which we need at the faceoff dot.

At 25 he’s about the same age as Brock, but the big guy will go to the hard spots in the corner or in front. He had more than twice as many hits as Brock last year.

Coyle is signed for three more years at $3.2 million a year.

The Trade

The Islanders get a big, righty in the middle, at a reasonable rate.

Minnesota gets a statistically fair replacement for their player in Brock Nelson; not to mention he’ll be a home-state hero as he hails from Warroad, Minnesota. Heck,  he even made the top-40 break out player’s list this year…for some reason…

The draft picks sweeten the pot. I actually feel like we might be able to get away with lower picks here since the players are relatively equal. But since Coyle is an important part of their system who they’re not necessarily trying to trade, I thought an extra kicker would help. The Wild are missing their 2019 4th rounder, and we’ve got a bunch of extra picks to shop…

Projected Forward Line-up

Lee – Tavares – Eberle

Beauvillier – Coyle – Ho-Sang

Ladd – Barzal – Bailey

Chimera – Czikas – Clutterbuck