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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Shane Pinto or Dominik Kubalik from the Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators have been a team the Islanders have been very interested in surrounding this year's trade deadline, sending scouts to view the Sens multiple times.

The consensus among Islanders fans is that Shane Pinto would be the ideal player they'd like to acquire. A Franklin Square native, having one of their own leading them back to prominence would be a fairy tale, but acquiring his services may be just that.

Suspended for half the season due to violating the NHL's policy on "activities related to sports wagering," Pinto has been on one of the best stretches of his career since returning. Appearing in only 19 games this season, he's totaled 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists), while playing 17:39 a night.

At 23-years-old, Pinto signed a one-year deal over the summer at $775k. He's due a significant pay raise but will cost a boatload for the Islanders to acquire. A natural centerman, he'd allow Brock Nelson to remain on the wing of the top line, while improving center depth, sliding into the second-line role.

While in theory this is an ideal situation for all, it's highly unlikely it happens.

Dominik Kubalik is a more reasonable target, as he wouldn't cost much, and could help in the Islanders' middle-6 and power play.

He's fallen out of favor in Ottawa and could be had for a mid-round draft pick. He has nine goals and four assists this season but could see an improvement to near his 40-point per-season pace with a change of scenery.