The ultimate list of unrestricted free agents the Islanders can steal from their Metropolitan Division rivals

The New York Islanders may not extend their season into the final weeks of April, and it’s clear they need help in free agency this offseason.

Apr 25, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with
Apr 25, 2023; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with / James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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Alexander Wennberg, Forward/New York Rangers

Alexander Wennberg is another one who can take faceoffs, but the Isles wouldn’t see much of an improvement, as his career win percentage is just 46.2. Wennberg also isn’t much of a scorer, so he would only be a solid option if Lamoriello wanted to keep this team’s current identity as a defense-first group. 

He has recorded top-six minutes, which makes him a good insurance policy if the injury bug strikes. But with the rival New York Rangers, Wennberg has mainly played middle-six minutes with an average total ice time of 14:34. He will finish body checks, block shots, and take away pucks consistently, but Wennberg is also a fairly decent scorer, reaching double-digits in goals scored throughout each of the last four seasons. 

His scoring won’t be anywhere near mind-boggling, but it would provide value on the third line, and he’s also good at shot selection - Wennberg has amassed a 14.0 shooting percentage over the past four seasons. 

He’s someone many teams could use on the power play, with an on-ice shooting percentage of 13.4, though that number has been much higher in 2023-24 at 17.3. Wennberg is yet another name who would help one of the league’s worst short-handed units improve, as he will give at least triple-digits in minutes at 4-on-5.