From top-line to traded, it was a weird year for Cory Conacher. As for Jeffrey he never played for the Islanders but was an excellent AHL player putting up 23 points in 20 games for Bridgeport. Conacher would play for a few more years in the Tampa Bay Lightning system after that.
Giving up Andrew MacDonald wasn’t easy but all things considered, I think Garth Snow did a fine job with the return. That trade ended up yielding Johnny Boychuk and Ilya Sorokin. I guess it was good that MacDonald turned down the Islanders extension offer.
Shane Prince was a fine bottom-six guy for New York who at times flashed. To his credit, Prince was good for the Islanders in the 2016 playoffs. In Game 1, he scored two goals against Tampa Bay to give the Islanders a 1-0 series lead.
When Adam Pelech went down with an injury, Lou Lamoriello had to make a move. He ended up trading for a familiar face, Andy Greene. Greene’s been solid as a depth guy for them over the past two years and helped the Isles get to the Eastern Conference Final last year.
It took a lot to get him here, but it was well worth it. JG Pageau has been downright excellent for New York. He has 13 goals and 25 points in 44 regular-season games. But in the playoffs is when he shines brightest.
Last year he had eight goals in 22 playoff games and was a big reason as to why the Isles went as far as they did. He’s relied on heavily for this team and will be a part of the core going forward.