The New York Islanders have acquired left winger, Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres.  The trade, which was announced around 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th, will have Islanders Matt Moulson heading up to Buffalo.  In addition to Moulson, the Islanders also gave the Sabres their first round 2014 NHL draft pick as well as their second round pick in the 2015 draft.

Vanek and Moulson, both first round picks in the 2003 draft, have very similar stats from the past three seasons, in fact, Moulson’s stats are just a bit better.  If the Islanders had done a one for one trade, acquiring Vanek and sending Moulson up to the Sabres, there would be no issue with the trade.  However, throwing in two high draft picks was in my opinion, unnecessary.  The two players are just about equal, so I see no reason why the Islanders needed to not only trade a player that is very well liked by fans, and has great on-ice chemistry with his line mates, but also give up draft picks in the next two drafts.

Islander fans have had mixed reviews about the trade.  Some are extremely excited to welcome Thomas Vanek to Long Island, while others are like me and don’t see how this trade made sense for the team.  I am curious to see how Vanek, who makes his NYI debut on Tuesday night at home against the New York Rangers, does for the team.

 

 

 

Their stats in terms of goals, assists, and +/- rating for the last three seasons are as follows:

Moulson

Goals

Assists

+/-

Total Points

2011-2012

36

33

-1

69

2012-2013

15

29

– 3

44

2012-2013

6

3

3

9

 

Vanek

Goals

Assists

+/-

Total Points

2011-2012

26

35

.6

61

2012-2013

20

21

-1

41

2012-2013

4

5

-5

9

 

** The Sabres have played 13 games so far this season; the Islanders have only played 11

Marissa Greenberg has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Arts and Entertainment Management from Pace University in New York City. She got her start in journalism at the age of fourteen, having her own radio show and interviewing bands for her high school radio station.. A long time Islanders fan, she was hooked after attending her first game at the age of seven. Marissa has worked for the New Jersey Devils and NBC and is currently in charge of all things social media for the Official New York Islanders Booster Club.

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