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

By Tim Stevenson
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The Golden Knights

Las Vegas has a couple of viable forwards the Islanders could use. The two that make the most sense are James Neal and David Perron.  Dave Stevenson (no relation) agrees.

Both Neal and Perron are left wingers, although Perron can play the RW too. They can both put up high-end offense (40 something points each last year). Since they’re also both 29 however, Vegas probably isn’t considering them as part of their long term future.

They would be rentals since they only have one more year under contract. Neal costs $5 million next year, Perron costs $3.75 million. Neal is a lefty, Perron a righty.

Vegas is still fresh to the show and has shown interest in building their youth pipeline and draft opportunities. They’ll likely use these older, proven wings towards this end. Neal would be a better option I think, but Perron would also make a fine addition.

The Trade(s)

Vegas grows stronger through the draft. I’m not sure if the picks in these packages would suffice, but I do feel either of these players would make a useful addition to the Islanders. Also that they’re probably available for picks, if we can just find the proper middle ground.

The Isles get a winger who can score, no matter which player we get from the Knights.

Projected Forward Line-up

Neal – Tavares – Eberle

Ladd – Barzal – Nelson

Lee –  Beauvillier – Ho-Sang

Chimera – Czikas – Clutterbuck

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These are among many possibilities the Islanders could choose to pursue this offseason. Again, this is just my outside of the box thoughts on how to improve the team for 2017-2018.