Zach Parise | Minnesota Wild
Lou has been after Parise since the summer it seems. So with that in mind, it’s fair to think that Lou would still try to acquire him at the trade deadline next season. Unless he hasn’t already picked him up before then.
The Islanders don’t have anyone to fit the second line right-wing slot going forward. Derick Brassard currently sits in that position but as a pending UFA and with what he’s shown so far he’ll likely be gone by next season.
Looking at the Islanders prospect pool they don’t have a winger that can step into the Islanders top-six today or next season. Kieffer Bellows is the only Islanders prospect that is seemingly NHL ready.
With Bellows, Barry Trotz has shown a real resistance to playing the former first-round pick. Bellows is playing between eight and 12 minutes a night when up in the NHL.
Going into 2020-21, the Isles are still going to need support in the top six.
So it shouldn’t surprise anyone if Lou goes back after an old friend in Zach Parise next season. A player he drafted 17th overall in 2003 over guys like Ryan Getzlaf (19th), Brent Burns (20th), and Corey Perry (28th).