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New York Islanders Three Options for Anthony Beauvillier

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)
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) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 15: Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders scores at 2:24 of the second period against the New York Rangers at the Barclays Center on November 15, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Move Him Out

There are two ways for the New York Islanders to move Anthony Beauvillier out. They could send him down to the AHL (just like they did in 2017-18). Or they could trade him in a package for a better player.

With Andrew Ladd on his way back from injury, the Islanders might be forced to open up a roster spot sooner rather than later. Moving him might just take place.

Being waiver exempt, Beauvillier can go up and down from the AHL without the fear of losing him to some other team. That might just be Lou Lamoriello’s first choice when it comes to moving him out. But as he’s also looking to add more talent before the trade deadline, Beau would make a good asset to add in a trade.

The Good

If the Islanders send him to the AHL, they’ll be sending a message to Beauvillier. A message that his spot isn’t a guarantee. It worked flawlessly last season, it stands to reason it can work again this season.

If the Islanders manage to trade him for a new and likely better player then they’ll have shipped out an underperforming player for one that can fill a need.

The Bad

Sending him down two years in a row for a “wake-up” call triggers warning signs. At a certain point, if Beauvillier can’t get motivated for the regular season perhaps it’s best that the Islanders trade him.

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The Ugly

There’s something there with Beauvillier. We saw it in 2017-18 when he was on a 60 point pace in the second half. But for some reason, the Islanders just weren’t able to get it out of him on a consistent basis. Hopefully, that’s a one-off and that the ability to develop their draftees isn’t still a thing.

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