Forwards still out there for the NY Islanders to consider before the trade deadline

Feb 22, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates to
Feb 22, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) skates to / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
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A winger from the San Jose Sharks

The best fit still out there for the Islanders may be Anthony Duclair. A cap hit of $3M makes him affordable for the Islanders, especially if they can convince the Sharks to retain half his salary for the remainder of the season.

Between his speed and familiarity with Patrick Roy having played for him with the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL, Duclair could potentially be slotted anywhere on the wing in a top-9 role.

Duclair has been on fire lately, with eight points in his last four games, including a four-point performance against the Dallas Stars in his latest performance.

The Isles will surely have competition from other teams, as Duclair's low cap hit is something desired, especially for those without much cap space.

With nearly the entire roster up for grabs, Alexander Barabonov is another Sharks winger whose name is out there.

Barabonov's numbers haven't been there this season, with only 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) through 38 games. Those numbers may not seem attractive, but he's just one year removed from a 47-point season (15 goals, 32 assists), and is currently shooting at 5.7% - well off his career average of 10.4%. He has a cap hit of just $2.5M and is in the final year of his contract. He'd cost less than Duclair, and if he could return to his average scoring pace he could be a buy-low find for the Isles.

UPDATE: Duclair traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning