New York Islanders: 3 Trade Options For A Defenseman

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Beauvillier
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 23: Anthony Beauvillier /
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ANAHEIM, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Erik Gudbranson /

Option B: Erik Gudbranson

Erik Gudbranson signed a one-year $3.5 million contract before the season this year with the Vancouver Canucks. So far in just 25 games the 26-year old has a couple of assists. He’s not going to score a lot but he’s a solid defensive second pairing defenseman which is what the Islanders could use right now.

In May of 2016 Gudbranson and a fifth-round pick was traded from the Panthers to the Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann and two picks. Jim Benning, the Canucks GM said it was a steep price to pay but for a top-four d-man he couldn’t pass it up.

Here’s a trade to acquire Gudbranson:

In this deal, the Islanders get their second pairing d-man but are forced to give up one of their second’s and Scott Mayfield. Luckily, the Islanders have another second-round pick. A rebuilding team like the Canucks would love another second-round pick to play with in the upcoming draft.

Plus, Mayfield, a former second-round pick himself, can help the Canucks this year and potentially be a part of their future at just age 25.

Pairings W/O Boychuk

Leddy – Pulock

Pelech – Gudbranson

Aho – Hickey

Pairings With Boychuk

Leddy – Boychuk

Pelech – Gudbranson

Aho/Hickey – Pulock