AJ Chesir – Duncan Keith
If the Islanders could grab anyone from a non-playoff team to join the squad for the playoffs it is important to look at the matchups at hand.
While it is no secret that the New York Islanders lacks depth at center, I don’t think that that is what could be their undoing in the first round matchup with the Penguins. For the Islanders to lose this series, they would need to beat themselves.
Their defensive system would have to break down at the hands of Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel. Somebody who has won Stanley Cups (multiple times) and knows what it takes to get there, and can keep the rest of the team poised even when they go down early is Duncan Keith.
His quality is obvious. With the Chicago Blackhawks, the 35-year-old defenders has three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophy’s, a Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP, and 82 points in 162 playoffs games.
I would replace Scott Mayfield in the lineup because out of the youngsters on defense he is probably the biggest liability. Keith would also help out the struggling power play and give the team some leadership, another shutdown defensemen and some much-needed experience for a deep playoff run.