It has been reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday that the New York Islanders are interested in trading the fifth pick in this year’s NHL draft, which is taking place this Friday night.
Staple reports that Isles GM Garth Snow is looking to deal away the pick for NHL ready talent, rather than for additional picks or a prospect.
I like this aggressive approach by Snow, especially with the Isles disastrous 2013-14 campaign where they took a giant step back from the previous playoff season. The Isles are not in need of another highly touted prospect at the moment, they are in need of a player that can make an immediate impact at the NHL level. If Snow can find the right partner for a deal that will improve the franchise at the NHL level, he deserves some applause. The “rebuild” has taken long enough.
However, as Staple notes in his article, this is not a draft class that is projected to have a great deal of top-end talent, which, obviously, hurts Snow’s chances of making such a move. If the Isles are to orchestrate a deal it will probably have to take on a player that is overpaid or needs a “change of scenery’. Fortunately, the Isles have an abundance of cap room available, so such a move would not be a hindrance in the short term.
The Islanders would not have bring back a franchise changer in this deal, not by any stretch, they would need a reliable NHL presence, preferably along the blue line.
Snow needs to be proactive this off season in bringing a legitimate NHL product back to Long Island for the Isles final season at the Nassau Coliseum, anything short of a playoff appearance this year would likely signal the end of his tenure as GM.
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