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Islanders Acquire Pierre Engvall: Trade Details & Analysis

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We were all wondering what New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello would do as the trade deadline neared, and on Tuesday evening, he made his second trade of the season.

The Islanders announced that they had acquired 26-year-old Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Engvall, a player who can play all three forward positions, has 12 goals and nine assists in 58 games with the Leafs this season, playing on their third line.

The Swedish forward carries a cap hit of $2.25 million and will be an unrestricted free agent come season’s end, per CapFriendly. The Islanders now have $5.274 million in projected deadline cap space.

The Islanders are without three wingers due to injury, in Mathew Barzal, Cal Clutterbuck, and Oliver Wahlstrom.

Here’s the likely lineup if Jean-Gabriel Pageau returns after the deadline:

Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Simon Holmstrom
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Pierre Engvall-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Hudson Fasching
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Josh Bailey

If Pageau doesn’t return:

Anders Lee-Bo Horvat-Simon Holmstrom
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Arnaud Durandeau-Pierre Engvall-Hudson Faschhing
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Josh Bailey

The Islanders needed depth due to injury, and Envgall fits the bill, given his versatility. It allows head coach Lane Lambert to use him wherever he sees fit. He’s a gritty forward who has won 51.7 percent of his draws and has averaged 13:08 minutes per game.

One would expect the Islanders to send center Otto Koivula down to Bridgeport, who has struggled in his first four NHL games this season. Arnaud Durandeau is a healthy scratch tonight, so he could be heading back to Bridgeport as well.

The expectation is that Engvall will make his New York Islanders debut this Saturday when they host the Detroit Red Wings at 12:30 PM.

This story will be updated.

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