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New York Islanders: Three Budget-Friendly Trade Ideas At Each Position

By Tim Ryder
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-4 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 07: Luke Schenn
GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 07: Luke Schenn /

Luke Schenn

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.

Joel Edmunson

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

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.

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