The New York Islanders oddly enough landed on star winger, Artemi Panarin’s trade list. It’s become clear that an extension with Columbus is unlikely.
It’s very rare to find the New York Islanders on a wanted destination list. In fact, the Islanders are on most guys no-trade list. This time things are different with Lou Lamoriello, Barry Trotz, and the fifth best prospect pool in the game, Artemi Panarin sees the Isles as a destination.
Panarin is going with the anti-Tavares approach and essentially telling Columbus to trade him because he’s not interested in extending. The Rangers, Islanders, Kings, Lightning, Panthers, and Stars remain on the top of Panarin’s list.
With the Rangers as the preferred destination for Panarin, do they have enough to get that deal done? It’s going to take a ton to be able to trade for Panarin who has 77, 74, and 82 points in his first three years in the league.
The Islanders have the fifth best farm system in the league, so they should have the pieces to move for a Panarin trade. The Athletic ranks the Rangers with the 11th best farm system, with one high end and one very good NHL prospect. The Islanders have five, one high end and four very good.
Even though the Rangers might be where Panarin rather would be, it’s the Islanders that could offer Columbus the better package. The Isles have the best system on this list and the most cap space of any team as well.
If Panarin is going to be moved, don’t laugh at the notion that the Islanders will be serious players for him. It’s more realistic than you think.
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