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New York Islanders Players They Should Trade For A Rental

The All-Star break is officially among us, therefore some players are off (those not attending the All-Star game festivities) but more importantly every NHL General Manager and owner has off from day to day operations but for some teams coaches, owners and general managers there is still some work to be done. Among those teams who’s front office will probably not get much time off during the All-Star break is the New York Islanders.

The Islanders have put themselves within the top-5 of the NHL, 1st in the Metropolitan division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have made their case to be legitimate playoff team, they have depth, goal-scoring, goal tending and coaching. But right before the team went on break Lou Lamoriello said that he is looking to upgrade the team and is interested in adding a rental player. But who might be moved for that rental player? These are my five picks at who could be moved from the Islanders.

1. Michael Dal Colle: Depending on the value of the rental forward or defenseman you are recieving the Islanders real only top prospect right now that is avialable to play in the NHL for another team, has some NHL experience, value, and is a solid stock to invest in for any team is Del Colle. He’s played 17 NHL games but has more experience in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Dal Colle has collected 166 AHL games with 93 points.

2. Sebastian Aho: The Islanders young defensive prospect does not look like he will crack the roster over the next two to three years with the solid play of Ryan Pulock, Scott Mayfield and Devon Toews, Aho is the odd-man out in this situation. Therefore why not get some return for the 5th round draft pick. Aho has played 76 AHL games collecting 55 AHL points, he is playing well above a 5th round draft pick right now. He also played 22 NHL games in 2017-18 collecting 4 points.

3. Adam Pelech: The Islanders fifth defensemen at the moment has not been all that bad nor all that great. Definitely not good enough to not at least throw his name in the hat of players to potentially shed. Pelech also comes with a small price tag of 1.6 million for another three years and has played already 176 NHL games at the age of 24. Pelech is still a young defensemen that has NHL experience that can be valuable to a team like the Flyers.

4. Lucas Sbisa: The Islanders definitely do not need this guy he has been in and out of the line up all year and it seems the Islanders are not too gung-ho on Sbisa. The return for Sbisa would not be too large they would need to throw in an early draft pick but he does provide a little value to some NHL rosters. He is still only 28-years-old with 504 NHL games played.

5. Josh Ho-Sang: The last player Islander fans want to see on this list probably and realistically he probably won’t be traded but I would not be surprised to see him moved. Ho-Sang had a lot of hype surrounding him before Matt Barzal came to town. Ho-Sang has been back and forth from the AHL to the NHL for almost three years now. It is almost sad to see his talent wasted but it is obvious that the Islanders have not taken a liking to the kid. Under three different coaches Ho-Sang has not been a regular in the line up. It may be better for him to get a new start somewhere else, the only issue is that Ho-Sang’s stock is a little low right now and the Islanders would probably lose the deal if they go out and get a rental for Ho-Sang but that is the gamble of trying to take that next step to be a legit playoff team and not a one and done.

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Fantasy Hockey: Rising stars through the first month of play…

We are now 10-12 games into the NHL season which means we have seen about 3 weeks of games now from teams. With that comes some surprising stars through the first month of play.

#1 on the rising stars list….

  • Gabriel Landeskog: After Colorado absolutely sh*t the bed in 2016-17 as did Landeskog with only 33 points in 77 games, he managed to bounce back big time last season tallying 62 points in 78 games. While now he is off to an even bigger tear totaling 16 points in 12 games. Landeskog has seemed to be getting back into his rhythm playing hockey like the 1st round, 2nd overall pick he was set out to be.
  • Mikko Rantanen: Another Colorado counter part, but holy sh*t has Rantanen been on a tear to start the year. He leads the league with 21 points in 12 games, tallying 5 goals and 16 assists along with 4 power play points. He made his mark last season with a 55 point season but Rantanen is on pace for 55 points by All-Star break time. Started out ranked 62 in Yahoo rankings and is now #1, what a jump.
  • Sebastian Aho: We can say this kid knows a thing or two about finishing. Aho has been the bright spot in Carolina now once again, but he is dong it an consistent rate thus far. Aho has 4 goals and 12 assists along with 3 power play points and 2 game winning goals. Aho started out 61 and is now ranked seventh. Last year he totaled 65 points in 78 games, but right now we are witnessing a possible career high for the young Finland star.
  • Morgan Rielly: Toronto has scored some absurd amount of goals to start the regular season and Rielly has picked up his fair share of helpers in that. Rielly has 10 assists on the year along with 4 goals and 6 power play points. Rielly has not scored more than 9 goals in a year during his career, he has 4 already. He is coming off his best year of 52 points and seems to be making a push for that high caliber #1 defenseman role the Maple Leafs need. Rielly started out ranked 129 and is ranked #12 now.
  • Ryan O’Reilly: What a change of pace for this beauty. O’Reilly has always been a solid center and a decent fantasy option but this year he seems to be really be gelling in St.Louis and enjoying his time with David Perron. O’Reilly has 3 goals and 11 assists along with 6 power play points. Definitely a player that can continue down this trend and keep it up all year round. O’Reilly started ranked #137 and is ranked 42. Hopefully now St. Louis wakes up.
  • Kyle Palmieri: This guy dealt with a handful of injuries last season and was never really healthy, it is obvious to see what he can do when he is healthy and playing with competent line mates. Palmieri has 8 goals and 5 assists on the year along with 6 power play points and 2 game winning goals. If Palmieri can stay healthy this season it seems like it can be a constant to see him in the top 50 rankings throughout the year. He was ranked 130 at the beginning of the year and is now ranked 13.