Isles acquire Jean-Gabriel Pageau from Senators and Jordan Schmaltz from Maple Leafs
The New York Islanders received Center Jean-Gabriel Pageau from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional first round pick and a second round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft as well as 2022 conditional third round draft pick. New York also received Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Forward Matt Lorito.
According to NHL.com, if the 2020 first-round pick in the Pageau trade becomes a top-three pick, the Senators will get the Islanders’ unconditional first-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft. Ottawa could also receive New York’s third-round pick in 2022 if the Isles wins the Stanley Cup.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau signed a six-year contract with the Isles following the trade from Ottawa. The contract is reportedly worth $30 million with a value of $5 million per year. He would have become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st following the conclusion of this season. The 27-year old forward said he expects to play his first game with the Islanders on Tuesday when the team travels to Madison Square Garden to take on the Rangers.
This year is Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s eighth season in the NHL. Prior to the trade, he had spent his entire career in Ottawa. In 428 career games, he has 87 goals and 95 assists for 182 total points. Pageau has already scored 24 goals this season, which is the best mark of his career. He has also recorded 16 assists this year for a total of 40 points.
The Isles also acquired Jordan Schmaltz from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a minor league trade deal. In the exchange, the Isles traded minor leaguer Matt Lorito to the Maple Leafs organization. In 37 games with AHL Toronto, Schmaltz has recorded 13 points. He is expected to report to AHL Bridgeport later this week.
The Islanders have been struggling on offense for quite a while. They are 23rd in the NHL with 173 goals scored in 61 games. The only other team in playoff contention with fewer goals are the Columbus Blue Jackets who have scored 162 goals through 63 games. The Isles are currently the sixth seeded team in the Eastern Conference playoff standings with 76 points this season, meaning they are the number one Wild Card team in the east at the moment.