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New York Islanders: 3 Trade Options To Improve Power Play

By Matt O'Leary
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Brayden Schenn #10 of the St Louis Blues poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 27: Brayden Schenn #10 of the St Louis Blues poses for a portrait during the 2018 NHL All-Star at Amalie Arena on January 27, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 10: Assistant coach Scott Gomez of the New York Islanders works the bench during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at NYCB Live at the Nassau Coliseum on December 10, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. The Penguins defeated the Islanders 2-1 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders continually struggle on the power play with the 24th ranked power play sitting at 16.2 percent. Here’s how they can help it.

Before the year started, nobody expected the New York Islanders to be in the mix for a playoff spot. Right now, through 43 games they hold the second wild-card spot with 52 points and a 24-15-4 record.

In year one of the Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello era, the team is overachieving and has a shot to make the playoffs. One of the glaring issues that are holding this team back is the power play.

They’re 26th in the league with a 16.2 percent power play, and they just went 0-for-6 on the man advantage in yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The only teams in the entire league to have a worse power play is Nashville, Columbus, and Montreal.

Ultimately, if the Islanders are serious about being a playoff team this year, which they should be, they’re going to have to get better on the power play. Here are three options who the Isles can trade for in order to make that happen.

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