Four potential forwards the New York Islanders could trade for
It’s no secret that the New York Islanders desperately need help this season.
Currently sitting at 29th in the league with a 5-8-3 record and ahead of only Arizona, the Islanders have not been able to generate offense at all so far this year. Valuable winger P-A Parenteau was waived in favor of Mat Barzal, a star prospect who played only two games before being sent back to Major Junior, and J-F Berube, a third-string goalie who hasn’t played a game and is being kept around due to injury concerns with Jaroslav Halak.
It has been rumored that general manager Garth Snow has been sniffing around the block in hopes to find a trading partner these past few weeks. Snow is no stranger to deals of this kind: he made one back in 2013 when he sent Matt Moulson, a first round pick, and a second round pick to Buffalo for Thomas Vanek.
Vanek was eventually traded to Montreal before signing with Minnesota in the summer of 2014.
But this begs the question, what is out there this year? In a cap-strapped league and a looming expansion draft, trades are at a halt. The Islanders don’t have many assets to deal either. Michael Dal Colle, Ryan Strome, Anders Lee, and picks outside the first round make up the bunch.
Snow will have to do some serious work to find a trading partner this early on in the year, but here are some potential options.
1. Gabriel Ladeskog, LW, COL
The Avalanche have been looking to shake things up on their own front recently, and Landeskog is a valuable asset that may be expended by them. A second overall pick in 2011, Landeskog has gotten off to a less than stellar start in 2016-2017 with four goals and eight points in fifteen games. Landeskog has had three consecutive seasons of 20 or more goals and would be a big-bodied and much-needed addition to John Tavares’ wing.
2. Martin Hanzal, C, ARZ
Hanzal is a pending unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Coyotes who is rumored to be on the block. Although he has injury concerns, Hanzal plays a reliable two-way game, something New York has been lacking in their number two center spot without Frans Nielsen. The Coyotes are reportedly seeking a young, NHL-ready center in return, which Ryan Strome fits the bill of. There’s some maneuvering to do, but it’s entirely possible.
3. Valtteri Filppula, C/LW, TBL
Much like Hanzal, Filppula could help the Islanders at both ends of the rink. He has 10 points in 16 games this year and can kill penalties when called upon. The only call for concern with Filppula is his contract situation. He’s on the books for one more year at five million and has a no-movement clause, requiring him to be protected for the expansion draft.
4. Tyler Ennis, C/RW, BUF
Ennis, 27, has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now. He only has two points in 12 games this season, but is a speedy player that has shown flashes of brilliance. If placed on John Tavares’ right wing, he has the ability to take off as a formidable winger. Ennis is on the books for two more years at 4.6 million per.
Other options include Jason Zucker (LW, MIN), Jeff Carter (C/RW, LAK), and David Desharnais (C, MTL).