Nick Bjugstad & Alex Petrovic
Nick Bjugstad, C- Age, 25. Height, 6-6. Weight, 218 lbs. Shoots- Right
Contract- $4.1 million, UFA after 20/21.
Bjugstad is young but already in his fifth NHL season. He has positive possession metrics and a face-off percentage of 55%. The Minnesotan plays a solid two-way game, contributing at both ends of the ice. At 6-6 he brings plenty of size to the equation.
Alex Petrovic, D- Age, 25. Height, 6-4. Weight, 206 lbs. Shoots- Right
Contract- $1.85 million, RFA after 17/18 season.
Petrovic is a young but sturdy defender. He boasts positive possession stats and plays a very physical game, averaging almost three hits a game. He’s also unafraid to drop the mitts.
These two would bring size and depth to the Islanders, helping especially with faceoffs and when clearing the slot so our goalies can see shots from the point.
Starting Point For Negotiations
It’s all one trade, but if you want you could break it down…
Thomas Hickey, D- A wily vet, he’s only three years older than Petrovic. He can be played in a lot of different situations. Will possibly re-sign for cheap.
Mitch Vande Sompel, D- Quietly having a great rookie year in the AHL with 20 points in 36 games so far in Bridgeport, he was just named to the AHL all-star team.
2018 5th round pick- becomes a 2019 2nd rounder if Hickey doesn’t re-sign.
Jason Chimera, W-Solid two way player, still has the wheels, doesn’t miss games. His contract is up at the end of the year, leaving Florida with the flexibility to decide if they want to keep him; he’s getting up there in years.
Josh Ho-Sang RW- A high-end talent with boundless offensive upside, top six material. Florida would probably be happy to have him, and Ho-Sang might do well with a fresh start.
2018 2nd & 6th round picks.
Hickey and Chimera are mostly there to balance salaries and give Florida some NHL players back so they can finish the season out.
Possible Lines & De-Pairs
I suppose the fourth line LW would be left open to try Prince, Quine, Dal Colle, Johnston, Fritz… Meanwhile, the Islanders get younger and bigger.