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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Jordan Martinook, Forward/Carolina Hurricanes

Yep, another member of the Carolina Hurricanes, and another good consolation should Lamoriello need to revamp his lower lines. Like Gustafsson, Martinook would be far easier to bring to Long Island than the likes of Guentzel and Teravainen, but keep in mind that he wouldn’t improve the team’s scoring situation like his current teammates. 

Martinook would slide right in and play a solid defensive game for Carolina, knock around opponents, and still have the capability to put up between 35 and 40 points in a good year. In 2022-23, he crossed the 30-point threshold for the first time and the same thing could be the case by the time this season ends. 

At 5-on-5, Martinook has also been helping to create plays for the Hurricanes judging from his 61.9 percent Corsi For, which will be a career-best. To make things even more interesting, only 46.0 of Martinook’s starts have come in the offensive zone, and while Carolina is one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, that is still an impeccable number. 

Like so many others listed, Martinook would be another player who could help ease the Islanders short-handed woes. Sans shortened seasons, Martinook has recorded triple-digit minutes at 4-on-5, and that trend continued this season.