NY Islanders: Five realistic UFA Targets on July 1st

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Damon Severson

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We all know Lamoriello loves bringing over players that he drafted in the past, and his former second-round selection of Damon Severson could be one that he lures next door.

The future is now for the New Jersey Devils, and the writing is on the wall with Severson and his role with up-and-coming players such as Luke Hughes and Simon Nemec likely getting full-time roles soon, and Dougie Hamilton taking his spot as New Jersey's top power play quarterback. The Devils likely won't be able to afford him either, with Severson being projected to make around $6 million on the open market.

The power play was so abysmal for the blue and orange last season that fans at UBS wished the Isles rejected penalty calls and stay 5-on-5. Severson has shown that he can play on the power play and be effective, scoring 16 points on the man advantage in 2021-22. The former second-round pick scored 33 points last season without having a power-play role and playing about four fewer minutes per night than he was accustomed to.

Severson provides something that the Islanders need, that being a right-handed, puck-moving defenseman. If he wants to join a team that is already competitive and could guarantee him an important offensive role, the Island could be one of his best options.