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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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GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 16: Matt Hunwick
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 16: Matt Hunwick /

Matt Hunwick | Pittsburgh Penguins

Contract: $2.25 million/3 years, Production: 5pts/33 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him

Like a number of players on this list, Matt Hunwick isn’t a player that’s going to fill the net with points. But what he’s going to do is suppress shots against.

It’s the New York Islanders single greatest weakness at the moment. Against the Rangers, the New York Islanders have now allowed 50 or more shots against on four occasions this season. Only the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils have done so more than once – doing so twice – in 2017-18.

It’s obvious the Isles can’t stop puck getting to net. Hunwick can get right into the Isles roster, likely taking Sebastian Aho’s place and be a good shut down defender and let the young Sweede develop in the AHL for the rest of the season.

Why We Don’t Want Him

Being eight points back of the Penguins for a playoff spot in the hyper-competitive and tight Metropolitan Division isn’t going to be conducive to a trade. And to be fair, Hunwick isn’t that good anyways.

Sure he blocks shots, but 48 blocks in 33 games aren’t much better than what the Islanders are already getting from say Adam Pelech and his 99 blocks in 55 games. The Isles wouldn’t be getting that much better than they currently are with Hunwick.

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