Islanders acquire Jordan Eberle from Oilers for Ryan Strome


Despite playing in all 82 games previous year, Eberle averaged a career-low 16:46 time on ice and still managed to put up 20 goals and 31 assists. "I'm excited for the opportunity to play with him, and, hopefully, bring success to the Islanders". Now it'll be using all of those savings to pay for Eberle, who has a $6 million cap hit for the next two seasons before he hits free agency.

Strome, the fifth-overall selection in 2011, turns 24 next month.

Eberle should provide proven scoring punch to the first line, taking some of the pressure off emerging young forwards like Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier as they come into their own over the next few seasons.

Strome was the No. 5 overall pick by the Isles in the 2011 draft, and the 23-year-old managed 126 points (45 goals, 81 assists) in 258 career games. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to improve but one must wonder: did Eberle warrant a bigger return?

He has puck skills, but isn't particularly aggressive and his shot rates have been dwindling, from 2.14 per game as a rookie down to 1.65 per game last season.

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The trade has to be considered good news for Jesse Puljujarvi, the Finn picked No. 4 overall last year who, ready or not, is now nearly certainly going to be a top six forward at age 19 next year. He had 20 goals and 31 assists. McDavid just happened to be trading SnapChat messages with the other Strome brother, Dylan - his former teammate with the Erie Otters - during the family's trip down to the draft. A close friend, Dylan replaced McDavid as captain of the Otters.

For the second June in a row, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has traded away a player once associated with a new era for the team. But it's not like you can't score from there.

-The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 National Hockey League draft from the Vegas Golden Knights for a second-round selection in this year's draft.

In the end, it came down to numbers for Jordan Eberle.