NHL Rumors: Trade Interest Increasing For Islanders' Beauvillier

Frank Seravalli reported that Anthony Beauvillier's name has popped up over the past couple of weeks on a few team's radars. He has had the misfortune of being held back offensively over the past four seasons due to former head coach Barry Trotz's style of coaching. The decrease in offensive production has not only happened to Beauvillier, but a number of other players as well.

If teams are interested, they know that Beauvillier is a young and talented player who can consistently score goals. He isn't overpaid if he can perform in the middle-six of the lineup and is a good complimentary piece. More so than the regular season, he has proven he is a playoff performer and can step up his game. When the New York Islanders made their back-to-back conference finals runs, he had 14 goals and 27 points in 41 games. What's impressive about that is the Islanders played complete shutdown hockey and it doesn't provide them with ample opportunities to score goals.

Though the Islanders should listen to any offers that come their way on Beauvillier, it would be unwise to part ways with him now unless it is a great offer. The team is full of veterans, so it isn't the best strategy to start to trade away one of the youngest players on the team when a rebuild may be on the horizon. He will be able to play a season with more freedom offensively for the first time since his sophomore season in 2017-18 where he scored 20+ goals for the only season in his career.

Beauvillier still has two years remaining at $4.15 million per season at just age 25. The Islanders should at least give him a season under new leadership to see if he can make an improvement before testing the trade market to help with a possible rebuild.

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