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?
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.