Colorado has surprised everyone by rebounding strongly from last year’s bitter disappointment. They could make the playoffs, so I don’t think they want to ruin their shots at that, but they are rebuilding, so as long as they upgrade while staying young, they might be on board.
Nikita Zadorov, LD- Age, 22. Height, 6-5. Weight, 230. Shoots- Left.
Zadorov was a first-round pick from Buffalo. He struggled with the Avs over contracts at the start of the year. So far this season he’s shown he’s worth his asking price, and he’s still young, with years of team control left ahead. He’s a big, physical, shutdown de-man.
Nail Yakupov, W- Age, 24. Height, 5-11. Weight, 195. Shoots- Left.
Yakupov is a very similar player to Josh Ho-Sang; small, fast, great hands, kinda soft physically and defensively. But Yakupov has been working hard on rounding out his game. His on-ice goals for per 60 would put him at 7th on the Islanders, tied with Anders Lee. At 24 he’s an upcoming RFA and still young.
Sebastian Aho- Aho is about the same age as Zadorov, but smaller in stature. Where Zadorov is a big guy, Aho plays more with his mind. He’s putting up decent numbers since being called upon for NHL duty.
2018 3rd round pick
Josh Ho-Sang- Similar to Yakupov, but younger. This should be considered an upgrade for the Avalanche. Ho-Sang has the talent to play top-six minutes. Although, that’s what Edmonton thought when they drafted the Yak-attack first overall…
The Avs stay young defensively but add a pick. Up front, they definitely get a better-looking future in Ho-Sang than in Yakupov.
The Islanders get stronger at LD and add a ready-now 3rd line RW without getting much older.
Lee-Tavares-Bailey, Beauvillier-Barzal-Eberle, Ladd-Nelson-Yakupov, Johnston-Cizikas-Clutterbuck
Leddy-Boychuk, Zadorov-Pulock, Pelech-Hickey (Mayfield)