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Islanders three dream trade deadline acquisitions

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Nikolaj Ehlers #27 of the Winnipeg Jets waits for a faceoff in the first period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on February 22, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Jets defeated the Golden Knights 6-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Nikolaj Ehlers | Winnipeg Jets

With 18 goals and 22 helpers, Nikolaj Ehlers is on pace for another 60+ point season with the Jets. There’s no reason for the Jets to move him, which is why this is a dream target. The probability of it happening is quite low.

But with Dustin Byfuglien‘s contract now off the books and with Jakub Trouba having been traded to the New York Rangers, the Jets are light on the blue line. Their number one guy is Josh Morrissey. Morrissey is a fine player, but he isn’t going to put up numbers as Byfuglien did.

The Jets could use some defense.

Ehlers would be perfect for the New York Islanders.

The 23-year-old winger scored 20+ goals per season in his sleep. With 18 in 53 games, he’s on pace for 28 goals this season. Exactly what the Islanders need at the moment.

There’s also no question that Ehlers can keep up with Mathew Barzal as the fastest skater in the NHL lugs the puck into the offensive zone. Watch Ehlers complete this lap in 13.29 seconds. Barzal won the fastest skater in 13.175 seconds.

Anders Lee is a good player, but Lee isn’t a good player because of his quick feet. Ehlers would bring the exact skill set the Islanders need in their top-six to compliment Mathew Barzal.

Getting him might not be easy. But with Jacob Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien now missing from their blueline they’ve had to rely on Neal Pionk to carry the load defensively. There’s a clear need there for the Jets.

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