The Seattle Kraken sent in their picks to the NHL at 10 am this morning. As the day has gone on there’s been leaks floating around and it appears the New York Islanders pick leaked. Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News has said that it will be Jodan Eberle.
Jordan Eberle has three years remaining at $5.5 million per year. If he is indeed the pick by Seattle, he would be an immediate impact player on the right side in their top-six.
Last year, in 55 games Eberle had 33 points for the Islanders with 16 goals. Paced out over a full season, he was on pace for 49 points and 24 goals.
When Eberle was traded for he was expected to slot in on the top line with John Tavares. His best role ended up being playing with Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal on the second line that season as he put up 25 goals and 59 points.
In 272 games over four years, it appears that Eberle’s Islander career has come to a close with 169 points (76 goals, 93 assists). His biggest moment? The Game 5 overtime winner against Tampa Bay in the bubble.
Assuming he is the pick, the Islanders now need to address their top-six. If they move Johnny Boychuk to LTIR, that should essentially free up $23.6 million to play with.
Lou Lamoriello has been rumored to be going big fish hunting and with both Gabriel Landeskog (free agency) and Vladimir Tarasenko (trade) available he will have his pick of impact players that he can add to the top-six this offseason.
We knew going into the offseason that the Isles would have a bit of a facelift but with Eberle, Nick Leddy, and Andrew Ladd coming off the books it allows for Lou Lamoriello to do what he does best, get creative.
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More to follow as the day continues to unfold.