5 realistic trade deadline targets for the NY Islanders

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A week ago there were questions of whether the NY Islanders would be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, but after rattling off three wins in a row it appears Lou Lamoriello will look to improve his team before Friday's deadline.

The Isles currently sit five points behind the Philadelphia Flyers (with two games in hand) for third place in the Metro Division, and six points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (with three games in hand) for the second Wild Card spot. The Islanders have two games before the deadline, playing host to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday before heading to California, taking on the San Jose Sharks on the eve of the deadline.

Since Patrick Roy rotated his lines, the Isles have found another gear. Promoting Kyle MacLean and moving Casey Cizikas and JG Pageau up the depth chart while playing Brock Nelson on the top-line wing, the Isles have room to improve their roster, most notably looking for a scoring winger and potentially another right-handed defenseman,

Names like Jakob Chychrun, Noah Hanifin, and Frank Vatrano have been thrown out there but appear out of the Isles price range with a lack of prospects and pressed against the cap. Here are five realistic players for the Islanders to target before Friday.