The Islanders Aren’t Rebuilding
Picks and prospects are great assets to have if a team is building towards the future. But the New York Islanders aren’t building for the future. They are in “win now” mode.
I know the Islanders aren’t Stanley Cup favorites at the moment, but they’re the fifth-best team by record currently and are on pace for yet another 100+ point season. Their window to win is open and will very well still be open at the end of the 2020-21 season when the expansion draft happens.
The present is great for the New York Islanders and there is no reason to think that the possibility of acquiring picks and maybe some prospects are going to be enough for Lou Lamoriello to let Seattle pick Barzal in the expansion draft.
If it really gets the point where the Islanders no longer want Mathew Barzal, effectively trading him to an expansion team isn’t going to be the right avenue. Of course, that’s assuming he wants to leave in the first place.