The NY Islanders have acquired center Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forwards Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Räty, and a 2023 protected first-round draft pick. The first-round pick going to Vancouver from the Islanders is top-12 protected for this year's draft, and it slides to 2024 if the pick falls within the first 12 picks of the upcoming 2023 NHL draft.
The Islanders who have averaged just 1.9 goals per game this month needed an injection of scoring into their lineup and the acquisition of Horvat sure will help that cause. Horvat is having a career year so far as he's scored 31 goals in 49 games and is on pace for 52 points over an 82-game span. Of his 31 goals, 11 have come on the power play. The Islanders' power play was pretty dreadful in the month of January only converting twice on 36 attempts.
Beauvillier has been in the Islanders top six all season and a change of scenery felt necessary. The 25-year-old forward struggled to find consistency and even though he shows the tools to become a consistent dynamic forward, he hasn't been able to put it all together. In 49 games this season, he's scored nine goals and 20 points.
Räty was the Islanders top prospect before he was moved to Vancouver. He burned a year on his entry-level contract eclipsing the 10-game threshold with the Islanders this season. He's scored two goals in 12 games playing mostly on the fourth line and averaging just under nine minutes per game.
At the moment, it is unknown if there is an extension in place for Horvat with the Islanders. If history tells us anything, Isles GM Lou Lamoriello is working on making that happen as he's extended his in-season acquisitions before (J.G. Pageau & Kyle Palmieri).