The New York Islanders will have their blueline set for the last game of the preseason, and veteran Thomas Hickey doesn’t seem to be part of it. Now what?
Barry Trotz indicated that the six defensemen suiting up for the New York Islanders on Saturday will be the six defensemen he’ll go with on the opening night roster. And it seems that veteran Thomas Hickey isn’t on that list.
We already knew the Isles top four would consist of Adam Pelech with Ryan Pulock on the first pair and Devon Toews with Scott Mayfield on the second pair. Nick Leddy would be the left on pair three, but who would be his partner?
and Noah Dobson were up for it, as was lefty Thomas Hickey. But it seems that Noah Dobson has taken the spot. And that Jonny Boychuk will stay as the Isles seventh defenseman. So now what happens with Thomas Hickey?
With a $2.5 million cap hit, Thomas Hickey is a rather inexpensive option for a team looking to add a third pair defenseman who can move the puck and is pretty good at protecting the blue line.
The Islanders wouldn’t be able to get back much for Hickey in a trade. You’d think that a middle-round or late-round pick might be enough to send him to another team.
The Islanders would be able to get more if they package a top prospect, and pick with Hickey. say Joshua Ho-Sang, who is interestingly not part of the Islanders final preseason roster, and the Isles first-round pick this season.
That package should return the Islanders a fair return. Perhaps that top-six winger they need?
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Package or not it seems clear that Thomas Hickey will be traded out before the season starts on October 2nd in order to make room for Noah Dobson.