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.
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.