There are a handful of trades that are responsible for at least seven of the 23 players on the New York Islanders current roster. Here’s how they got here.
In trying to build a team general managers need to exploit whatever strength they have to fix a weakness. Trading players is the way to do so. A GM’s ability to ship expendable players and assets to acquire more valuable ones is paramount.
Lou’s predecessor wasn’t the greatest when it came to trades, though the one exception to that was whenever he’d deal with Peter Chiarelli. Three times Garth Snow got the better of the former Boston Bruins and now Edmonton Oilers GM.
For this piece, I want to detail all the trades that went into building the 2018-19 version of the New York Islanders and then grade them on a scale of one to five. Where one is the Islanders getting fleeced and five is the Islanders pulling a fast one.
For this, I’m only going to count trades that returned draft picks that weren’t our own to begin with. That means the trade that brought Casey Cizikas doesn’t count. The pick used to draft him was originally the Isles pick, it just went back and forth between the Blue Jackets and Isles.
I’m also not going to count some random third or fourth round pick that the Islanders might have acquired in some mid-season trade. What I will count are trades made on draft day. These are trades made by a GM looking to draft someone in particular, but doesn’t already have the pick to do so.
The trade necessitates the pick. Without the trade, the player isn’t part of the organization.
Of the current 23-man roster I count eight trades, I’ve grouped together two sets of trades simply because they’re part of a singular narrative and they happened on the same day.