The NHL trade deadline is only 13 days away. The New York Islanders are very much buyers at the deadline, but even as buyers they’ll have to part with certain assets and players. Who could other teams be looking for from the Islanders?
For the first time in a long time the New York Islanders are in a position of strength as they approach the trade deadline. With 72 points in 55 games they hold first place in the Metropolitan Division with a five point cushion. They haven’t won their division since 1988 when they posted a 39-30-11 record.
The lead at the top of the their division all but guarantees they’ll make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Meaning they’re approach at the deadline will be slightly different than in previous years. Rather than try to push for the post-seasons, they’ll try to add some quality to make a deep run (hopefully for longer than a single season).
But in a trade you have to give to get. What are the pieces that other teams will come after as the New York Islanders look to make noise in the post-season?
Some of the Future on the Table
Anthony Beauvillier | LW
Beauvillier isn’t having a strong season. Going into game 56 he’s on pace for 30 points. That’s far too low for a player they thought could hit 60 points.
The former-first round player would be the first name from other teams looking to add a young talented NHL caliber player that’s still under team control. The only way the New York Islanders move him though is if they get a top six player back in return.
Josh Ho-Sang | RW
He’s got a ton of talent, but he and the organization just aren’t seeing eye to eye on his development. He’s clearly a top-six forward in the NHL.
In three stints in the NHL Josh Ho-Sang has 24 points in 53 games. That’s just under a half-point per game. Other NHL teams will chomp at the bit to try and acquire that talent.
Michael Dal Colle | LW
He’s finally coming into his own as a player. He’s a former fifth-overall pick in 2014, there’s obviously talent in Michael Dal Colle. He’s shown he belongs in the NHL playing a solid 200-foot game and has started to add points to his play.
Just like Josh Ho-Sang, a team that’s looking to add young and likely cheap talent will want Michael Dal Colle.
Adam Pelech | D
He’s signed to a nice $1.6 million cap hit until the 2020-21 season. With the play of Devon Toews and the return of Thomas Hickey from injury looking imminent, the Isles have extra bodies on the blue line.
Pelech is surplus to requirements, but on a team looking for some depth defense or a player to round out their D-core, Adam Pelech makes a lot of sense.
2019 1st Round Pick
With two first round picks last draft, the New York Islanders can view their first round pick in 2019 as expendable. With the way the Isles are playing this pick will be in the top half of the round.
That won’t matter to a team looking to rebuild (like the Rangers, Red Wings, or Kings) a first-round pick no matter where in the first round is incredibly desirable.