Filip Forsberg: Nashville Predators
Lou Lamoriello may not be fond of Forsberg's killer mustache, but hopefully, that doesn't sway him away from the Island.
I put Forsberg right in the middle when it comes to likeliness. It's up in the air if he will extend in Nashville or not, and he will have plenty of suitors this offseason if he opts to go to free agency.
This is a bonified first liner that the Islanders would benefit greatly from signing. How sweet it would be watching the star 27-year-old Swede skate side by side with Mat Barzal.
An extremely dynamic and skilled scorer, Forsberg would instantly change the look of the Islanders' offense. On both the power-play and even-strength, he is a game-changer and one of the best left-wingers in the league.
Forsberg shattered his career highs this season, with 42 goals and 42 assists in just 69 games, a 100-point pace for a full season. Currently making $6 million a year, he's bound for a massive payday, which could be around $8-9 million if he plays his cards right.
This may be a big price for the Islanders to pay, but Lou is not afraid to hand out the big check. He offered both Artemi Panarin and John Tavares around a $12 million per year AAV, but neither ended up signing with the Islanders. $8 million or so for an elite winger is most definitely worth it and Forsberg would become an instant fan favorite.