Islanders Should Trade For Tyler Toffoli At Current Asking Price
By Matt O'Leary
At the current asking price for Tyler Toffoli, a second-round pick and a prospect, the New York Islanders should be all over that.
It’s become more and more evident as the season goes on that the Islanders need more top-six players. There’s currently a top-six RW on the market right now for a relatively low cost and the Isles should be all over it.
Tyler Toffoli, 27, is on the final year of a three-year $13.8 million ($4.6 million AAV) deal. With the Kings towards the bottom of the Western Conference, they will be sellers at the deadline and you can all but guarantee they’ll be moving on from Toffoli who will be a UFA this summer.
According to The Athletic, the asking price for Toffoli is a second-rounder and a prospect. A reasonable asking price for a rental seems like something right up Lou’s alley.
A trade for Toffoli could likely look something like this:
The Isles would be parting ways with a 2nd round pick and one of their top forward prospects for roughly four months of Tyler Toffoli but if Toffoli is the guy who sparks this top-six then it’s well worth it.
In 45 games, Toffoli has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) putting him on pace for 49 points and 22 goals. That kind of piece would immediately make the Isles forward group deeper.
Looking at his advanced numbers, Toffoli would immediately elevate what the Islanders are trying to do offensively. According to Natural Stat Trick, Toffoli has a 27.2 xGF. That leads Los Angeles’ forward group and that would slot him second on the Islanders just under Mat Barzal.
Excluding Derek Forbort, who has played two games for the Kings, Toffoli leads L.A. in SCF% with a 57.81% which would lead the Islanders by over four percent (Eberle leads at 53.55). Clearly, he would become the best option to put next to Mat Barzal. Here’s what your lines could look like after the Toffoli trade:
Beauvillier – Barzal – Toffoli
Lee – Nelson – Bailey
Dal Colle – Brassard – Eberle
Martin – Cizikas – Komarov
Ideally, I’d prefer Kieffer Bellows over Michael Dal Colle but that’s an argument for another day. The Isles would have a much deeper top-six and as a result, have a more potent third line when either Bailey or Eberle gets bumped down to the bottom six.
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While Toffoli might not be a superstar, he is a solid top-six player that makes the Islanders better at a reasonable cost. Lou Lamoriello should be all over this one.