Islanders: Three rental and long-term trade options for third line center

Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 04: The New York Islanders coaching staff attend to bench duties during the game between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on October 04, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders need someone to add goals to the roster. But they also need to balance their third line and to do that they need a center, like now.

On Thursday, the New York Islanders third line was compromised of Ross Johnston, Josh Bailey, and Jordan Eberle. Together they held a -32.08 relative xGF%, a -22.44 relative scoring chances for, and a flat zero in relative high-dangers chances.

They generated nothing going forward and weren’t great defensively either. The need to get the Islanders third line sorted out is immediate.

Derick Brassard was brought in to be that anchor on the third line, but it’s clear he isn’t effective unless placed on the wing next to Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson.

To be fair to Josh Bailey, who’s been asked to fill in as the third line center for Derik Brassard, he’s hasn’t played center since junior some eleven years ago. Expecting him to re-invent that third line is a tall task.

The Islanders need a third-line center before anything else. Here are three rental and three longer-term options for that third-line role.