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New York Islanders Mathew Barzal Headlines Untradable Players

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders in action during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders in action during the first period of the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As the New York Islanders retool and add pieces to become a contender they’ll undoubtedly have to make some trades. Who in the Isles system is untouchable?

There are a few holes in the New York Islanders roster that General Manager Lou Lamoriello needs to address before this team can become a contender.

Like at the center position. After Mathew Barzal the Islanders strength down the middle is barren with Brock Nelson, Jan Kovar, Valtteri Filppula and Casey Cizkias making up the rest of the depth chart.

Defensively the Islanders have three good blueliners with Nick Leddy and Ryan Pulock making up the top pair and Johnny Boychuk to lead off pair number two. But with Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech, and Scott Mayfield completing the list the Islanders clearly need one more top-four defender to round things out.

And then you get to goaltending. With Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss both coming off a terrible year there isn’t much hope that the Isles get anything but average NHL goalkeeping.

If the Islanders are going to strengthen either position as soon as possible they’ll need to make a trade.

Which gets me to thinking, who can’t be traded by the Islanders. Who’s value is so high that they should never be traded? Unless we’re talking about a trade for Connor McDavid right now. Who in the Isles system is irreplaceable? Either because of their current value or projected value?

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