New York Islanders: 3 Dark-Horse Teams Who’ll Want A First Round Pick

By Matt O'Leary
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the draft board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the draft board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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WINNIPEG, MB – MAY 12: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets reacts after he is called for cross checking against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place on May 12, 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Winnipeg Jets

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.

Next: Retooling with cap space

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.

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