A quarter of the 2018-19 NHL season has gone by. Who can the New York Islanders trade with in order to improve their roster?
With 23 games in the books on the 2018-19 NHL season, the New York Islanders find themselves just outside of a playoff spot. With a 12-9-2 record and 26 points, they’re a single point out of a wildcard spot and two points out of third place in the Metropolitan Division.
Based on what was projected for the New York Islanders before a puck was dropped in 2018-19, they’re overachieving. That doesn’t mean they have to stay the course and just live with the roster they currently have.
The power play is absolutely dreadful. With a 16.2 percent efficiency, it’s ranked 27 in the NHL at the moment.
They also still bleed a ton of shots against. They rank ninth in the NHL in terms of shots against per game.
Their game isn’t perfect, they can still make adjustments. Trading with other teams is a great way to do so. But with only a quarter of the season over it’s hard to find a partner to complete a trade with.
We remember that just two seasons ago the New York Islanders were at the bottom of the Eastern Conference around this time and eventually missed the playoffs by a single point. Every team still thinks they can make it.
Here are three teams that, while maybe not entirely out of it, might be looking to sell off pieces or at the very least shake things up and change their fortunes.