Teams have been asked by the Toronto Maple Leafs to tell them who they would and wouldn’t trade for William Nylander. The New York Islanders have to get in on this. Here’s who they should be willing and not willing to trade.
The New York Islanders are currently using Brock Nelson as their second line center behind Mathew Barzal. At the moment Nelson is doing well in the position with eleven points in 16 games. But it seems like the Isles are trying to make lemonade out of lemons.
Brock Nelson doesn’t seem like a long-term solution at the 2C slot. He’s also in a walk year after signing a one-year deal in the offseason.
There’s an argument to be made that signing Brock to a long-term deal after performing well over a single season on a walk-year might not be the best idea. Over the last five years, we’ve seen Brock Nelson disappear for large stretches of the season.
But it’s not like the New York Islanders have anyone to slot into the second line center position. Anthony Beauvillier is a natural center, but with the start, he’s having it doesn’t seem wise to give him more responsibility.
And looking down the pipeline the New York Islanders don’t have any promising centers. Oliver Wahlstrom, Josh Ho-Sang, Kieffer Bellow, and even Michael Dal Colle are all wingers.
According to Elliotte Friedman, the Toronto Maple Leafs have asked teams to tell them who they would and wouldn’t trade for their winger/center William Nylander.