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Islanders: Pros and cons of trading for Andy Greene

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 01: Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils warms up before a game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center on February 01, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Stars defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 01: Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils warms up before a game against the Dallas Stars at Prudential Center on February 01, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Stars defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – MARCH 21: Chris Wagner #14 of the Boston Bruins and Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils battle for position during the first period at the Prudential Center on March 21, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – MARCH 21: Chris Wagner #14 of the Boston Bruins and Andy Greene #6 of the New Jersey Devils battle for position during the first period at the Prudential Center on March 21, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pros

Penalty Killer

Greene leads the New Jersey Devils in time on ice on the penalty kill. A penalty kill that ranks 14th in the NHL with an 80.7 percent efficiency. Much like Pelech, Greene does a good job of shutting down the slot for the Devils.

That’s should be a huge advantage for the Islanders as they attempt to replace Adam Pelech while he recovers.

Good Defender

We can say what we want about the Devils ability to keep pucks out of the net, but shot maps show that when Green was on the ice, the Devils did a good job of closing out the bottom portion of the defensive zone this season.

The Price

The Islanders didn’t have to give up too much in order to get Greene for a year.

David Quenneville has been in the Islanders system since 2016 and split his time between the ECHL and AHL this year scoring eight points in 32 games between the two leagues. He wasn’t a factor in the Isles system and likely wouldn’t have been, maybe he has a better shot with the Devils.

The second-round pick is for next year so we won’t know the value of the pick until the end of the 2020-21 season. But for now, any draft pick should have been used as fodder in order to improve the roster today.

Knows Lou

Lou has a lot of rules and I can imagine that not every player in the NHL wants to play for him because of them. Andy Greene has played under a Lou Lamoriello system for years. He’s used to Lou’s ways.

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