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Islanders: 3 potential top line trade targets

Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Johnny Gaudreau | Calgary Flames

If Johnny Gaudreau is available, the New York Islanders should go all in. And by that, I mean there aren’t many players the Isles shouldn’t try and toss Calgary’s way to get him. Mathew Barzal would be the only player the Isles shouldn’t trade.

That means I’d consider moving players like Noah Dobson or Oliver Wahlstrom if it means Johnny Gaudreau comes back this way.

Gaudreau is a top ten player in points in the NHL since he broke into the NHL in 2014-15. That’s a pretty large sample size. Only guys like McDavid, Crosby, and Kucherov, you know, the cream of the crop, are putting up more points than Gaudreau.

He might be a free agent in a few years but until then he’s on an absolutely incredible contract that carries a $6.75 million cap hit through the 2021-22 season.

He’s quick, shifty, and can put up goals scoring up to 36 goals just last season. Tell me he isn’t the perfect partner to the lineup next to Mathew Barzal on the top line?

All of those reasons are why Johnny Gaudreau is worth it. And why I’d be willing to move a blue-chip prospect in a package to get him.

Is He Available?

It seems that the Calgary Flames could ship out the former 99 point player if they don’t get past the first round of the playoffs this year. It’s going to take a decent package to get Gaudreau from the Flames, but he’s the type of player the Isles are missing to get to the next level.

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