3 under-the-radar prospects the Islanders should pursue at the trade deadline

It’s looking less like the New York Islanders will be serious wild card contenders this season despite a recent winning streak, so why not pursue some prospects?

Nov 29, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) plays the
Nov 29, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) plays the / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Philip Broberg could thrive with a veteran team like the Isles

Philip Broberg won’t be in Edmonton much longer, and the Oilers would rather get something for him at the March 8th deadline. They would look to add either someone who can help contribute to more scoring or a defensive-minded player to help make life easier for goaltender Stuart Skinner. 

Kyler Palmieri and Brock Nelson, two players whose contracts will expire after next season, could be targets here. If there have been inquiries involving Nelson, he’s the likeliest candidate to move here. Not only would the Isles land a prospect in Broberg, but they should also get one of Edmonton’s first-round picks. 

For a player like Nelson, the Oilers also wouldn’t have trouble also sending a B-prospect to New York, and they can create more cap space by trading Cody Ceci to a third team that will facilitate the trade. 

With 49 points and 28 goals this season, Nelson is still a productive player and one who could be the final piece to what has been a comeback season for the Oilers. Meanwhile, the Isles would land a pair of prospects, ideally a 2024 first-round pick, and they would also get some much-needed cap space. 

Should Edmonton prefer Palmieri in this scenario, look for a slightly reduced cost, but given the value he still brings, New York would still land plenty of future assets, including Broberg.