NHL Rumors: Canucks & Islanders Could Make Second Big Trade

The New York Islanders don't appear to be done adding this season as they are on the playoff bubble and playing well. The team already made a blockbuster move by acquiring Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks, but could still add another offensive forward or defenceman. The interest here lies with a forward.

Jeff Marek thinks that the Islanders could go back to the well and add Brock Boeser from the Canucks as well to help with their power play and offence. The money wouldn't be a huge problem if the Canucks once again take a contract back. This could help up the price for Boeser that they may not be able to get elsewhere. He is another one of the players the Canucks are hoping to move to help with the reset.

Though Boeser may be criticized for his play this season in the defensive zone and due to his lower goal output, the Canucks forward has 10 goals and 35 points in 44 games. He already has more assists than he did last season in 30 fewer games and while averaging nearly two fewer minutes per game. He is also a steady contributor on the power play and has been his entire career.

Boeser has amassed 45 power-play goals and 93 power-play points in his 368-game NHL career. He has twice scored 10 or more power-play goals in a season and has one of the best wrist shots in the league. If he remained healthy for the entire season, he would be on pace to blow by his career-high in points. But this is part of why it is a risk to acquire him. His health is a concern each season as the most games he's played in his first five seasons is 71. The Islanders definitely have room to improve on the right side and on the power play and Boeser could be an underrated addition due to his familiarity with Horvat and the two years remaining on his deal.

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