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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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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 27: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 27: Oliver Ekman-Larsson /

Oliver Ekman-Larsson | Arizona Coyotes

Contract: $5.5 million/2 years, Production: 23pts/53 games, Slot: Top Pair
Why We Want Him
There’s so much to like from Ekman-Larsson’s game. He puts up points both on 5on5 and on the power play. He’s great at getting the puck up the ice from the defensive zone and into the attacking zone. He’s a great setup man. He’s all around great.

So by that merit alone, the New York Islanders should try to pry him out of the desert and put him in the relatively cold north-east.

He doesn’t have a no move, or no trade or even a partial no trade. So he doesn’t get a say in where Coyotes GM John Chayka sends him. Which bodes well for the Isles, who more often than not find themselves on the “do-not-trade-me-there” lists.

And with the pipeline of good young prospects and all those draft picks the team got for Travis Hamonic, the Islanders might just be in the best position to make the best offer.

Why We Don’t Want Him
Oliver Ekman-Larsson would be a great addition to the team. There’s no doubt about that. We’re not going to make some sort of case that he and what he brings to the team would be a bad thing. It just won’t.

The trade to acquire him and what the New York Islanders have to give up just might.

How many assets are the Islanders going to have to move to get Ekman-Larsson for two seasons? It’s not quite a rental with that extra year on his deal. But who says he stays come the end of the season.

The Islanders might have to give up a top end prospect or two as well as one of their first and second round picks in 2018. That’s too much for an immediate potential gain and a big long-term loss.

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