The NHL trade deadline is just days away and the New York Islanders are in a position to sell some assets as the playoffs are looking unreachable.
The next few days I will be taking a look at some potential players on the roster that could be traded. Let's start with wingers Anthony Beauvillier and Zach Parise.
Beauvillier has provided a solid performance for this group over the last four seasons. He has good speed and works hard.
He also has a knack for scoring some big goals in his young career. None bigger than the overtime goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals last June.
Having been a subject of Barry Trotz’s healthy scratch lesson, Beauvillier has shown flashes of a higher ceiling. Like most of his career, these flashes are just that, flashes. The inconsistency in the regular season has disrupted the production from the top-six forwards.
Although he is a tireless worker, Beauvillier was drafted and is currently paid to contribute more offensively. Drafted 28th overall in the 2015 NHL draft, Beauvillier made the squad over top prospect at the time, Mathew Barzal.
This season has not gone well for many Islanders, but Beauvillier has continued to contribute in a secondary role for the team. This past off-season Beauvillier was rewarded with a three-year contract for his contributions and potential.
As the deadline approaches, it is fair to say that Beauvillier has not reached the potential expected by the coaching staff, management, and fans.
With that said, Beauvillier is still just 24 years old. He has more playoff experience than a lot of veterans in the league and will always have the potential to be more.
Will a more offensive system be the answer for his offensive inconsistencies?
At the very least, Beauvillier gives a contender a unique player that can play in all situations and provide energy and speed.
For the Islanders, it is time to bring a better quality of wingers for centers Mathew Barzal and Brock Nelson. The cap situation does not allow the team to have so many underperforming wingers that carry significant salaries
Lou Lamoriello should be able to fetch a first-round pick for a player of Beauvillier’s skill set and age. This would provide a huge asset for the re-tooling this summer.
It is no secret that Parise and Lamoriello are extremely fond of each other. Not only did Lamoriello draft Parise, but he has been trying to acquire Parise’s services for well over a year.
Parise had a slow start to the season as did the rest of the Islanders but has picked it up as of late.
The expectations entering Parise’s first year with the Islanders was to bring veteran leadership, scoring depth and some power play assistance. His leadership and hard work has been second to none all year. He is arguably the hardest working player on the Islanders roster.
Like many goal scorers, Parise has been streaky. He has gotten more opportunities playing with the top two lines and that has contributed to more times on the scoresheet.
Still, this has been a disappointing season for production by Parise’s standards. However, he fills a role for any team looking to contend.
It would not be surprising if Lamoriello tries to re-sign Parise for another season, but the smart play is to gauge the interest from a playoff team looking for leadership and scoring depth.