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New York Islanders Three Internal Options for Right Wing

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Josh Ho-Sang #26 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 22: (L-R) Barry Trotz and Lou Lamoriello of the New Your Islanders attend the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have a weakness at right-wing going into the 2019-20 NHL season. If GM Lou Lamoriello had to fill that gap from within the Islanders system, who are his three best options?

What does the New York Islanders top two forward lines look like? Captain Anders Lee on the left-wing with Mathew Barzal at center and Jordan Eberle on the right on the Islanders first line.

Line two is some combination of Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey, and…someone. Anthony Beauvillier perhaps, but who knows if he can be a top-six player. His 28 points from last season certainly don’t scream “top-six” forward.

Or maybe that third spot on the second line goes to veteran Tom Kuhnhackl. Again, not your typical top-six winger. With nine points in 36 games, it’s hard to see how Kuhnhackl helps an already weak Islanders offense.

Clearly, the New York Islanders need help up top.

They tried to get Artemi Panarin in free agency. He chose the Rangers. They tried to get in on Mark Stone at the trade deadline. Lamoriello didn’t want to meet the asking price.

Unless Lou is now willing to play ball on trades, his only option is to use players he’s already got in the system to fill that need in the top-six. So putting Beauvillier and Kuhnhackl aside. Who could the Islanders promote from within?

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