The Jets were a similar story to the Golden Knights. Nobody expected them to be this successful. They went from an 87 point season to a whopping 114 points this past year. They actually have some depth on defense, especially when it comes to right-handers.
Just two years ago Jacob Trouba wanted out of Winnipeg. Obviously, that was before their playoff success but now, with Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien making $13.1 million combined, it’s going to be hard to lock up long-term contracts on the blue line.
The Jets need a first-round pick and the Islanders could use another defenseman so why not try to add Jacob Trouba.
Trouba played 55 games last year and had 24 points which is a pace of 36 points over a full season. In addition to that, he had positive possession numbers with a 50.4 CF percentage last year.
The Jets have Byfuglien and Myers who are right-handers that can handle being the right-handed guys on the top two pairs. In this case, you could put Trouba, who is a little better defensively, with Leddy and then cut some of Boychuk’s minutes as he gets older.
Trouba is an RFA, so a deal in the $4-$5 million range seems like a fair bet for him with a term of about five years.
Either of these three options would be great additions to the Islanders blue lines, plus they’re helping a team that’s lacking draft capital in the early rounds of a deep draft class.