New York Islanders: Three Budget-Friendly Trade Ideas At Each Position
The New York Islanders need a player like Luke Schenn. Luke Schenn needs a team like the New York Islanders. Though he’s been underperforming this season (3 A, -11 on 43 games played), his talent as a top 4 NHL defenseman is undeniable.
Over his career, Schenn has been as steady as they come. A change of scenery could be just what he needs to escape the doldrums he’s been in this year. Luke Schenn has been durable and quite productive over his nine-plus seasons in the NHL.
Pairing him up with Nick Leddy in the absence of Boychuk or even with Scott Mayfield in the second pairing would greatly improve the inconsistent play of the defense.
The St. Louis Blues’ Joel Edmunson is a young player that would be a great addition. At only 24 years old he as already established himself as a future force in the league. Playing with Colton Parayko on the Blues’ second pairing, Edmunson has become comfortable defending against some of the top players in the NHL.
If the New York Islanders could land a player like Edmunson to add to a defensive unit that’s been lacking offensive production in the absence of some of its mainstays, it would be a huge positive. Edmunson has 14 points in 45 games played (6 G, 8 A) and an even plus/minus. This level of production being thrust into the Isles lineup could have enormous ramifications.
Deryk Engelland is no spring chicken. At 35 years old, he is on the wrong side of his prime years and may have limited time left as a productive NHL player. Luckily for the New York Islanders, Engelland will be an unrestricted free agent this year so there is no long-term commitment to worry about.
Engelland has been productive for the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season (3 G, 10 A, +9 in 40 games played). Being the versatile guy he is, Engelland is a player who the Islanders could place on their first pairing or their third and get the same type of production out of.