This season hasn’t gone as well as the New York Islanders may have hoped, but it’s pretty clear that this is a team headed in the right direction.
They have a couple of talented youngsters in place as building blocks, along with a couple of guys that will serve as decent trade bait by the time the trade deadline rolls around. One of those players who fits the description of the latter is forward Brad Boyes.
With 21 points on the season, Boyes is the third leading scorer for the Isles, behind John Tavares and Matt Moulson. That point total includes six goals and 15 assists while playing on the top line next to Tavares and Moulson, which is quietly one of the better top units in the league.
Boyes has been particularly strong of late, with six points in five games in the month of March. If he continues playing the way he is, he may not be on Long Island for too much longer.
He’s due to turn 31 in about a month, so Boyes is obviously not a building block. What he could provide for this team is a very nice trade asset by the time the deadline rolls around.
Boyes is a solid veteran. He’s proven with the Islanders that he can play with top tier talent, as evident by his success playing next to Tavares. As a free agent this summer, he’s probably not going to be back. It makes sense for the Islanders to look to move him now and get something of value for him.
There should be plenty of takers for Boyes. He won’t be a guy teams will drool over, but there is plenty of value for a team seeking a versatile winger capable of playing in the top six and adding a bit of scoring depth. They could easily find a taker for him by next month.