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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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SAN JOSE, CA – DECEMBER 21: Brenden Dillon
SAN JOSE, CA – DECEMBER 21: Brenden Dillon

Brenden Dillon | San Jose Sharks

Contract: $3.27 million/3 years, Production: 11pts/56 games, Slot: Bottom Pair
Why We Want Him
Brenden Dillon is a 27-year old defenseman who is would add some depth to a desperate defensive core. Of the Sharks defensive unit, he seems to be the most obtainable.

In 54 games with San Jose this year he has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists). Although those offensive numbers don’t jump off the page at you, he does have productive possession statistics.

He’s top-10 in CF% on the Sharks with a 53.2% and a he’s a positive CF% rel with a 2.0. He’s more of a quietly productive defenseman.

Why We Don’t Want Him
Quietly productive is all well and good, but this is by no means a splash move. This doesn’t catapult the Islanders into a top-three spot in the Metro.

Sure, Dillon helps your defensive core, mostly because it’s so atrocious to begin with.

I have no problem with him as a player; I’m just not so sure the Islanders can get the kind of production needed to make a difference with Dillon as a second pairing guy. If they didn’t have Pelech and Mayfield locked up long-term, this might be a different story.

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