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New York Islanders Defensive Trade Target For Every NHL Team

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: The Detroit Red Wings celebrate a goal by Trevor Daley #83 at 10:03 of the third period against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 19, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Greg Pateryn | Dallas Stars

Contract: $800,000/1 year, Production: 9pts/48 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him
Greg Pateryn is that perfect type of player to slot in on your bottom pair on defense. He’s got NHL experience. He’s young at 27-years-old. He’s reliable. Steady. And consistent.

To be fair that consistency isn’t going to blow your socks off. With nine points over 48 games, Pateryn isn’t going to fill the net up. But that’s not what the New York Islanders are going to be looking for at the trade deadline. Or at least, they shouldn’t be looking for it.
The Islanders have a ton of offence. They need solid NHL level defenders to minimize those defensive mistakes we see every night. They need a player that can step in and do the little things right (like clear the zone).

Pateryn isn’t a sexy name. And that’s fine. Getting Pateryn (Assuming Dallas is OK with losing him) wouldn’t be expensive even if just a rental player.

Why We Don’t Want Him
You could make the argument that Patryn may not be the most solid D out there. With a relative 5on5 Corsi of -1.5 this season. To put that into an Islanders perspective, Thomas Hickey has a -0.6 rating. So by that simple metrics, You’d rather have Hickey than Pateryn on the ice.

Why would the Islanders try and acquire a player that’s arguably no better than some of their bottom tier options? They shouldn’t. Plain and simple.

…But then again Dennis Seidenberg has a massive -10.6 relative CF% 5on5. So Pateryn would be an upgrade

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