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New York Islanders Should/Should Not Trade Lists for William Nylander

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Nylander
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 19: William Nylander #29 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round in the 2018 Stanley Cup play-offs at the Air Canada Centre on April 19, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** William Nylander /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Anthony Beauvillier #72 of the New York Islanders awaits a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Would Trade List

It’s going to take a lot to get William Nylander from the Toronto Maple Leafs. For the past two seasons, Nylander has scored 61 points in back-back-to-back seasons. At 22-years-old, Nylander is going to get better.

The fact that the Toronto Maple Leafs reached out to every NHL team will help to drive up the price. You’d expect any team with enough cap space to sign the RFA will be interested. Assuming he gets signed for anywhere above $7 million there are 16 teams with enough cap space. And that’s not considering space other teams could create in a trade.

Included in the Islanders “would trade” list should be a few regular roster players that should be good but just aren’t panning out fully at the moment, and a few top quality prospects.

Nick Leddy and Anthony Beauvillier just aren’t working out this season. They have clear qualities but they aren’t coming through so far in 2018-19 for the Islanders. In a new environment perhaps either can return to their former selves.

Jordan Eberle is likely on his way out as a free agent anyways this summer. If he could be the main piece in a trade for Nylander that would be a major win for the Islanders

And then there’s the talent in the AHL with Ho-Sang, Dal Colle, and Wotherspoon. Two should be NHL ready today, while Wotherspoon might take another year to get to where he needs to be. While Arnaud Durandeau is putting up big points in the QMJHL, his 5’9″ frame won’t phase a pragmatic GM like Kyle Dubas.

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