The New York Islanders have made a trade, acquiring young forward Dmytro Timashov from the Detroit Red Wings for nothing at all.
In typical Lou Lamoriello fashion, the New York Islanders announced a deal at 6 pm on a Friday. The Isles acquired young forward and RFA Dmytro Timashov from the Detroit Red Wing in exchange for future considerations, which in NHL parlance means: “nothing at all”.
Look, Timashov might not be a top player in the league but he could be a good depth player going forward. And they got him for free.
Could Be Something
Timashov was originally drafted by Lou Lamoriello while GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 5’10” forward was drafted in the fifth-round and 125th overall while a member of the Quebec Remparts where he scored 143 points in 95 games before joining Anthony Beauvillier and the Shawinigan Cataractes.
Just a year ago, The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (subscription required) wrote that while Timashov was a top producer for the Marlies and has a lot of talent, he’s not a particularly good skater and is undersized for the NHL.
This young man is on the fringe of the NHL and AHL.
So the expectation shouldn’t be for him to come in and get a spot on the roster right away. What he will do is certainly challenge for a spot on the roster during training camp. And with the NHL likely allowing teams to have some sort of taxi squad for the 20-21 season, Timashov could be one of those extra pieces that comes in and out of the lineup during the year.
He could also just stay in the AHL where he was a solid forward with the Marlies, scoring 107 points in 202 games.
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At the end of the day, this could be a solid depth move that cost the Islanders absolutely nothing. Now the Islanders have to sign the 24-year-old who’s just coming off his ELC. That contract likely isn’t going to cost much and might tell us what the Islanders might plan on doing with the young man.