Replacing Nikita Kucherov on the top line was a top priority for the New York Islanders heading into the offseason. A tough break for New York who lose one of the top players in the league this year. After numerous talks involving a bunch of different players on many different teams, the Islanders acquired Zach Hyman from the Ottawa Senators for two high picks and Lawson Crouse. It was a very high price to pay for a rental, but keeps NYI in the hunt for a Stanley Cup.
Hyman is very highly rated across the board which will make him invaluable to the team. He can score goals, pass the puck, and play exceptional defense. He will be highly utilized on both special teams as well as 5 on 5. The addition pretty much completes the team for the coming season as this was by far the most pressing need and biggest hole to fill. He is expected to line up alongside Johnny Gaudreau and Connor McDavid on the top line, in front of Quinn Hughes and Drew Doughty. Hyman will be a high point man playing with that talent.
New York had tried to acquire Hyman for the past number of months which includes contacting 3 different general managers over that span who have been in control of the Ottawa franchise. To finally get their man, even if it is only for a year, is considered a big win for Islander management as he will be a core piece for the franchise heading into this season.