Islanders: 3 potential top line trade targets

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In the search for top-line talent, here are three players the New York Islanders should target.

It’s the one thing keeping the New York Islanders from being seen as contenders; one more top-line player. They’re loaded with middle six and bottom six guys, but they’ve only got one true top-line player in Mathew Barzal.

Getting one more top-tier player into this squad immediately puts them int he discussion as a contender in the league. It’s why Lou made a huge push to get Artemi Panarin during the 2019 free agency window. Having him next to Barzal and Jordan Eberle would have been incredible.

There aren’t any Panarin’s available in the free agency market, I don’t think Taylor Hall is at the same level, although he’s pretty close. And even if there was a Panarim-type available, the Islanders don’t have enough space to make a big signing.

That means they’ll have to explore the trade market, either to free up some cap space to make a signing or to find that player they need. I’m going to look at that last option; finding that top-line player in the trade market.

I’ve put together a shortlist of players that the New York Islanders should try to get in to fill a void on their top line.