It’s no secret the New York Islanders need a top-four defenseman. Anaheim Ducks defenseman Josh Manson should be targetted by the Isles.
The New York Islanders were dead last in goals against, averaging 3.57 goals against per game last season. Now, that can be blamed against the goaltending play, but the defense had something to do with it too.
Josh Manson is currently on the top pairing in Anaheim and just came off a career year with seven goals and 30 assists, totaling 37 points. Over his career, he’s played in 283 NHL games, and tallied 75 points, with 17 goals and 58 assists.
Manson would slot nicely on the second defensive pairing, and it wouldn’t take too much to get him.
The Islanders have more than enough cap room to take on the four years $16.4 million contract, carrying an AAV of $4.1 million. Losing Mayfield and Koivula’s contracts gets rid of $10.025 million over the next five years.
In this trade, the Ducks get an NHL caliber defenseman, a solid prospect, and a pick.
Scott Mayfield had 12 points in 47 games this year for the Islanders. He’s not a known scoring threat but with a 0.26 points per game Mayfield brings good production to the Ducks blueline. Not to mention the physicality his 6’4″ frame brings.
Otto Koivula is decent prospect who the Isles drafted in the fourth round in 2016, and he would play in the AHL in the 2018-19 season. At only 19, he could be developed to the Ducks liking and eventually be an NHL player. The third round pick gives them the opportunity to draft a good NHL prospect.
By trading Scott Mayfield and bringing in Josh Manson the Islanders new defensive pairings look like:
Leddy – Pulock
Hickey – Manson
Toews/Aho – Boychuk
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This new Islanders defense is looking superb after this trade. They sure up all three pairings with at least one high-quality player, and allow their youth to grow in the third pairing with a veteran like Boychuk