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New York Islanders: Erik Karlsson Wants to Play in US

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 10: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators waits for a puck drop against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 10: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 10: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Could The Isles Make a Trade Work

Do the New York Islanders have the assets to pull off a trade for Erik Karlsson. Absolutely.

If you follow The Athletic’s Cory Pronman and his ongoing ranking of NHL farm systems, you’ll know that the Islanders have already made his top six (subscription required). It’s easy to see why.

Just this season the Islanders acquired Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson, and Bode Wilde at the draft. Adding them to the likes of Kieffer Bellows, Josh Ho-Sang, Devon Toews, Linus Soderstrom, and Ilya Sorokin.

If the Ottawa Senators are looking for young and talented players the Islanders have a bunch of them. Based on what’s going on in Ottawa they’ll definitely be looking for talented young players whose futures they can control for the immediate future.

It’s hard to value Erik Karlsson. Because players of his quality rarely get traded, if ever.

Two blue-chip prospects are going to have to leave the Islanders system. Kieffer Bellows and Devon Toews should peak the Senators interest. Dobson and Wahlstrom likely remain untouchable.

The Senators who don’t have their own first round pick in 2019 will want to get their hands on one. Lou is going to have to toss in the Islanders first rounder in next year’s draft along with the Islanders first rounder in 2020.

Next is a roster player. It’s going to have to be a player with term or a player who has RFA years left. Anthony Beauvillier with years remaining as an RFA seems like a good bet to be added to the deal.

The Senators also need goals. Brock Nelson would be the perfect player for the Senators to add a guaranteed 20 goals to their lineup while also adding some salary with the $6.5 for Karlsson moving out.

How does this package look for Erik Karlsson? This, of course, includes an eight-year extension for Karlsson.

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