What if the New York Islanders could upgrade their third line centre position? Who should they go after? Here are two suggestions.
The third line centre for the New York Islanders is currently Brock Nelson. At the moment, Nelson is in one of his scoring runs. With three goals over his last five games, he’s playing pretty well. But as we all know, the good times eventually end for Nelson.
Brock Nelson is as streaky as they get in terms of scoring goals. Before this little run of form, Nelson hasn’t scored or even picked up a point in six games. It’s maddening consistent inconsistency from number 29.
Nelson is the veteran of the line he forms with Joshua Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvilier, but it seems that it’s left to the kids to get anything going offensively for this line.
So who can the New York Islanders go out and get as a third line centre? Naturally, he has to be a centre. The player has to be able to play a full 200-foot game. And ideally, he can’t cost more than $5 million per season.
The idea here is that Brock has to go the other way. Which would give the Islanders $4.48 million in cap space to work with thanks to Brock’s $2.5 million deal and the $1.98 million they currently have in cap space.
Here are two options the New York Islanders could look at as a third line centre to replace Brock Nelson. The first is a bit of an “if I could have my way” type of trade, while the latter of the two is the more practical target for the Islanders.