5 realistic trade deadline targets for the NY Islanders

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Dominik Kubalik, LW/RW, Ottawa Senators

The Islanders have had scouts watching the Senators on multiple occasions over the past week, and like Tarasenko, Dominik Kubalik could be a player they're taking a look at.

Kubalik's numbers are down from his career averages, totaling only nine goals and four assists this season, but just a year ago he finished with 45 points (20 G, 25 A) playing for the Detroit Red Wings. He'd be someone who could slot in on either wing within the middle six.

Though the numbers aren't there this season, where Kubalik could become an asset for the Islanders is on the second power play unit. With Anders Lee, Pierre Engvall, and JG Pageau currently occupying the forward roles on the second unit, the three-some has just five power play goals on the season, with four scored by Lee. Kubalik could replace Engvall who hasn't been a threat to score while on the man-advantage.

Kubalik is in the final year of his contract, with a $2.5M AAV. He likely wouldn't cost the Islanders much, and they could potentially convince Ottawa to retain some salary, depending on where the Isles sit in terms of their LTIR. He seems to have fallen out of favor in Ottawa and the Sens could be looking to move on from him just to cut costs.

It might not be the high-profile move fans hope for, but Kubalik was a 20-goal scorer just a year ago and could use a change of scenery.