Islanders: Best four targets on the Athletics trade deadline big board
Tyler Toffoli | Los Angeles King
Big Board Rank: 2
Stats: 43GP 11G,13A, 24Pts
This isn’t the first time I (or anyone) has mentioned Tyler Toffoli in trade conversations. The 27-year-old hasn’t been putting up the numbers so to speak over the last few years.
Since a breakout 31 goal and 58 point season in 2015-16, Toffoli has broken the 20 goals and 40 point plateau just once. With eleven goals and 24 points in 43 games this season, he’s on pace to score 21 goals and 45 points. So he might just make that twice in four years.
With his deal set to expire the right-shot winger is headed towards unrestricted free agency at the end of the season. Making him a rental. But it seems that the cost to acquire Toffoli isn’t very high.
According to The Athletic, a second-round pick and a prospect would be enough to see Toffoli moved.
With a stacked 2020 draft coming up, losing a first-round pick isn’t something any GM is willing to do. Unless they’re getting a top-end player, like Taylor Hall*.
*The 2020 first-round pick sent to New Jersey was top-three protected.
Tyler Toffoli isn’t a top-end player. He’s surely a top-six player. If the cost is indeed a second-round pick and a prospect (like a Parker Wotherspoon or Arnaud Durandeau), then that seems like a fair price for the Isles to pay.
Toffoli can score goals, and based on what the Islanders need and the cost he jumps to the top of the list. Although it wouldn’t be a show stopper acquisition.