Former Team: Winnipeg Jets | $5.75 million contract
Toby Enstrom is coming off a year where he only played 43 games for the Winnipeg Jets. The 33-year-old is clearly in the twilight of his career. But at only 33 he probably still has a year or two left before he thinks about hanging up his skates.
In his ten years with the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets Enstrom was an effective blueliner. Controlling play, adding some good secondary production, and being a reliable performer. All at the unconventional height of 5’10”.
Over his ten year NHL career, Enstrom has scored 309 points over 719 games. His best return was three years into his NHL career when he scored 50 points. With 14 last season, Enstrom isn’t going to produce the same as he used to.
But the Islanders don’t need him to be a 50 point player again. What they need is an accountable and responsible player to complete their blueline.
In terms of relative Corsi-For, Enstrom had the highest rate for Winnipeg Jets defensemen with a 3.14. His expected goals for/against +/- was second amongst Winnipeg D with an 8.85.
(Thanks to Corsica.Hockey for the numbers.)
There’s no way he’s still worth the $5.75 million the Winnipeg Jets were paying him last season. But he’s a solid NHL veteran that the Islanders could bring in to solidify their bottom six, or to use as an extra option much like they did with Dennis Seidenberg over the last two seasons.
In terms of a tryout, Toby Enstrom should rank at the top of the list.