3 Lineup Changes for the NY Islanders to Consider as the Season Slips Away

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Waive Wahlstrom and call-up Maggio

This is more of a desperation move that Lamoriello likely won't make, but it could give the Islanders a spark when they need it the most.

Oliver Wahlstrom has played himself out of the lineup despite the team waiving Julien Gauthier to give the former first-round pick a long run of games. His play wasn't enough to keep him in the lineup, as he's been a health scratch for nearly a month, playing his last game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 24.

Wahlstrom will be an RFA at the end of the season, and a change of scenery seems to be the best option for the 23-year-old to find his place in the NHL. At this point, Wahlstrom has little trade value in the off-season, as he'd likely fetch a fourth or fifth-round pick. Though the Islanders desperately need prospects, moving on from Wahlstrom now would give them a look at one of their top prospects.

Matthew Maggio has found his game with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL. Though scoreless in his last five, the former fifth-round pick recently put together a stretch of 13 points (9 G, 4 A) in 15 games.

Maggio could slot in on the second or third line wing, moving Matt Martin out of the lineup and sliding Simon Holmstrom down the fourth line.

It's not an ideal situation, but the Islanders are running out of time before the clock strikes midnight on yet another season.