Sansided
Editorials

New York Islanders Three Trade Deadline Darkhorse Targets

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
4 of 4
TORONTO,ON – DECEMBER 6: Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 6, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO,ON – DECEMBER 6: Andreas Athanasiou #72 of the Detroit Red Wings waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 6, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Andreas Athanasiou | Detroit Red Wings

GP: 45 Points: 30
Cap Hit: $3 million, 2 Years

Andreas Athanasiou needs to be considered by the New York Islanders. He brings a ton of speed, skill, and size to a team that can use all three. Here’s what Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet and SportsLogic had to say about Athanasiou recently.

"Athanasiou leads the entire NHL in scoring chances off the rush per minute played, and he attacks with speed more often than Nathan MacKinnon or Connor McDavid. Surely that’s tantalizing enough to ignore any defensive issues."

I’m tantalized! Even if Athanasiou has defensive issues there isn’t a better coach to vex those issues than Barry Trotz. He turned the New York Islanders from the worst defensive unit in the NHL to the best in less than eight months with a weaker blueline to boot.

Athanasiou can play on either the left of riht side and even down the middle if the need arises. His versatility and skill set should be enough for the Islanders to call up Ken Holland to make the trade.

Again, the Islanders first round pick might need to be involved, but judging on the return that seems like an acceptable cost.

Want your voice heard? Join the Eyes On Isles team!

Write for us!

Top 50 Isles Players of All Time. Next

It’s not to say that the New York Islanders shouldn’t go after Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, or Mark Stone but if they can’t or the price is far too high there three options are perfectly suitable for the Isles.

facebooktwitterreddit