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New York Islanders Three Internal Options for Top Six Winger

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 03: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders lays on the ice after being hit by a teammates stick against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 5-2 and won the series, 4-0. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 03: Tom Kuhnhackl #14 of the New York Islanders lays on the ice after being hit by a teammates stick against the Carolina Hurricanes in the third period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 03, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes won 5-2 and won the series, 4-0. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 29: Michael Dal Colle #28 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)

The New York Islanders are facing a dilemma. They need help up top, but they might just have to turn to internal options for one. What are their options?

It’s no secret, the New York Islanders need help up top. Their top six is an incredible weakness. At the end of the 2018-19 season, Trotz pointedly stated that the Islanders needed more “pop” up top.

Through the offseason, they didn’t pick up that top-six forward. Instead, the Islanders started the season with Michael Dal Colle on line two with Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey. And when that didn’t work, the Islanders brought in Tom Kuhnhackl to fill the role.

Neither are quality top-six options. They’re at best third line players. They do well when their defensive assignments take precedence over their offensive assignments.

So now what? Lou Lamoriello has been either unable or unwilling to make a trade to date. Since becoming the Islanders GM on May 22nd, 2018 Lou has made a single trade. He sent Eamon McAdam to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Matt Martin.

The Islanders seem decided that they’ll find the offense they’re looking for from within their organization. Great, so where is that offense they’re looking for?

If the Islanders are going to make a change to the top six here are some internal choices they can look to.

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