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Islanders: Three San Jose Sharks trade target to pursue at trade deadline

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 18: Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on January 18, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 18: Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks skates with the puck during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on January 18, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 14: Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on December 14, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 14: Timo Meier #28 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by teammates after he scored a goal against the Vancouver Canucks at SAP Center on December 14, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Timo Meier | LW, RW

Stats: 50GP, 16G, 15A, 31Pts

Last is Timo Meier. The former ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft is, like everyone else for the San Jose Sharks, having a down year. With 16 goals and 31 points, he’s on pace for 51 points. That’s 15 points off his 66 points from last season.

But like Hertl, Meier would give the Islanders that goal-scoring threat they’re looking for. Since 2017-18, his second year in the league, Meier has scored 67 goals. He finished with 30 last season and is on pace to finish with 26 this season.

He’s also just turned 23 in October. He carries a $6 million cap hit until 2022-2023 where he’ll still be an RFA. Meier would be a controllable asset for years.

The cap hit sounds high for a player that’s on pace for 51 points. But this is only his fourth season in the NHL. He still has room to improve. And, again, not a single San Jose Sharks player is having a good year on the stats sheet.

Meier is young, talented, he’s a goal-scorer, and is under contract for the next three years. There’s nothing not to like about acquiring Meier.

Losing a first-round pick for a 23-year-old goal-scorer with term on his contract sounds like a perfectly reasonable move to make considering where the New York Islanders are at the moment.

Not only do the Islanders need someone today to help score some goals, but they could use someone for the next few years as well. Timo Meier would be a good player to fill that need for the Islanders.

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Doug Wilson will have to make moves to fix the numerous gaps in his roster (like goaltending), clearing $6 million is a good start. He won’t be cheap, but Meier is the type of player Lou should be looking to bring in to push the needle forward.

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