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Oilers trade forward Jordan Eberle to Islanders for centre Ryan Strome

January 19 2018, 05:30 | Van Peters

Oilers trade forward Jordan Eberle to Islanders for centre Ryan Strome

Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oilers makes his playoff debut against Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Duck in Game 6 in the second round of NHL playoffs at Rogers Place

In 258 career National Hockey League games, Strome has potted 45 goals, 81 assists for 126 points. But Thursday's deal gives Eberle the chance to start anew in NY. Paired with an elite center like Tavares, the Islanders should have a fierce No. 1 scoring line next season.

"A trade has been talked about for a while now, I'm relieved to have it over with", said the 27-year-old Eberle, who is coming off a 20-goal, 51-point season in 2016-17.

Eberle is exactly the type of player Snow has been looking to land, too.

Another summer, another key Edmonton Oilers forward being shipped out of town in a one-for-one swap. The best-case scenario for the Islanders, however, would be for Eberle to replicate his sophomore season. The fifth-overall draft pick from 2011 hasn't yet panned out to be what many thought he could, but he's still very young and has the potential to break out with a change of scenery in Edmonton.

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.

Verdict: The Islanders are immediately better after making this deal.

Signed at a cap hit of $2.5-million, Strome will be a restricted free agent after next season.

This is a solid deal that works out huge for both teams, Edmonton needs more depth down the middle while the Islanders need more help on the wings. He accomplished both in one big trade with Vegas, sending the club's first-round pick in this year's draft, a second-rounder in 2019, defense prospect Jake Bischoff, and injured forward Mikhail Grabovksi-who has a $5 million cap hit-to the Golden Knights. Both deals could exceed $6 million per season, and freeing up the additional cap space gives the Oilers almost $24 million to work with this summer. The Oilers need to conserve cap space to offer big contracts to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

He's got a good pedigree - the Mississauga, Ont., native was picked just behind Larsson and four back of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011.

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