The New York Islanders haven't played in what feels like forever. We're still a week (ugh) out from the Islanders playing another game so what I wanted to do today is look at Frank Seravalli's 20 trade targets and who on that list would make sense for the Islanders.
Some of them will have a short reasoning as to why or why not while others may need a little bit more explaining. Let's have some fun with this one, who on this list would I want on the Islanders? Let's take a look:
1. Tomas Hertl (C) - San Jose
Tomas Hertl is a bit of a late bloomer. It took until about his age 25 season, for him to figure it out but man has he been good the last few years. He has 16 goals in 34 games this year and is pacing out to have 39 goals this season. While he's a great center, the Islanders would need help on the wing not down the middle and Hertl is not as dominant a player on the wing so someone would have to change positions. It doesn't look like a fit and the Islanders would probably have to give up too much.
2. Ben Chiarot (D) - Montreal
A rental left-handed defensemen. He won't put up points but he's a reliable defender who can play big minutes. Maybe, but not sure of the fit.
3. Jakob Chychrun (D) - Arizona
Yes. 23 years old, he has term at a very team-friendly cost, and can pop in 18 goals from the blue line. It would be crazy expensive but give them pretty much whatever they want. Picks, Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty, whatever it takes.
4. Lawson Crouse (LW) - Arizona
Nope. Bottom six forward on any other team outside of Arizona.
5. Alexandar Georgiev (G) - New York Rangers
Don't need a goalie.
6. Joonas Jorpisalo (G) - Columbus
7. Jake DeBrusk (LW) - Boston
No, he's basically a poor man's Anthony Beauvillier.
8. Jack Roslovic (C) Columbus
Middle six forward. The Islanders already have too many of these.
9. Max Domi (LW) - Columbus
No. He's been pretty good putting up 15 points in 21 games but he's scored 20+ goals once in his seven year career.
10. Reilly Smith (RW) - Vegas
Good player but not sure he is going to have the kind of impact that the Islanders would need him to in order to justify the trade.
11. Nick Leddy (D) - Detroit
I mean...Yeah, the Islanders could use a defenseman who can play on the power play and skate the puck out of the zone. He knows the system, has played pretty well in it. It'd be a power move if Lou just gave them a second rounder back and took Leddy back.
12. Patric Hornqvist (RW) - Florida
At 35 years old I think he's washed. Not the player he was in Pittsburgh although there is the Barry Trotz connection from his days way back in Nashville...
13. Rickard Rakell (RW) - Anaheim
He's okay but like a lot of players on this list I'm not sure he's going to impact the Islanders lineup enough in order to swing this.
14. Phil Kessel (RW) - Arizona
Honestly...maybe. I know he only has five goals this year but is he someone who would improve by playing with someone like Mat Barzal? I'd argue yes. His 7.2 shooting percentage would be the second lowest of his career. If you can get him at a somewhat cheap cost, you might have to do it. Plus, if the Islanders did make the playoffs, we know how clutch he could be a in a playoff run.
15. Vitali Kravtsov (RW) - New York Rangers
Could Ilya Sorokin or Semyon Varlamov convince him to comeback from the KHL? Even if they did I'm not sure how good he is. I wouldn't touch this one.
16. Calvin de Haan (D) - Chicago
Another maybe. He would be pretty cheap and he's a steady defenseman. I would lean towards more than likely no but it wouldn't be the worst guy on this list to grab.
17. Mark Giordano (D) - Seattle
An old defenseman! Quick someone distract Lou! He's still played pretty big minutes at age 38 this year for Seattle and has 11 points in 27 games. Even though he's more along the lines of the defenseman this team is looking for I worry how much is left in the tank.
18. Dylan Strome (C) - Chicago
He is not very good so no.
19. Henrik Borgstrom (C) - Chicago
The Islanders don't need another first round pick from 2016 that has had a hard time carving out an NHL role for himself.
20. Evander Kane (LW) - San Jose