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New York Islanders Two Players That are Tradeable Now

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to 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)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders prior to 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) /
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Nick Leddy | Defense

Nick Leddy was brought in just over four years ago along with Johnny Boychuk to revolutionize the New York Islanders blueline. In two and a half of those four years, he did just that.

But as of December of 2017, something happened with Nick Leddy. He stopped being that productive and effective defenseman we got from the Chicago Blackhawks.

He’s still that smooth skating puck moving defenseman that the Isles wanted. But over the last eleven months, something’s been off with Nick Leddy. Making him expendable.

Looking at Leddy’s underlying numbers one could argue that he’s getting better as the 2018-19 progresses. And that’s great. But with what we’ve seen over the last few months, and with what the New York Islanders have in the system in Devon Toews, Nick Leddy is, again, expendable.

If Leddy is getting better as the numbers seem to indicate, then that will only serve to drive up his trade value at whatever junction.

Should the Islanders be out of the playoff picture at the February trade deadline it makes sense for them to move him for a huge return. Remember what Rick Nash picked up at the trade deadline from Boston last season? Imagine what a blueliner with a 45 point potential can land the Isles.

It might just be picks and prospects, but the Isles could just as easily flip those, or use them to stock the prospect cupboard they’ll likely pluck from in 2019-20. This could very well be Nick Leddy’s last year with the Isles.

Could the Isles make the trade now? If Leddy continues his post-December 2017 form and the Islanders start to drop in the standings I don’t see why not. I’d rather get what you can for Leddy now and bring up Devon Toews as soon as possible, he’s clearly outgrown the AHL.

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