Oilers trade F Jordan Eberle to Islanders for C Ryan Strome

Thursday morning, right-winger Jordan Eberle was traded to the New York Islanders for right-shooting forward Ryan Strome. For the Islanders though, Eberle has the potential to be the winger for John Tavares that they've been looking for. Set to hit free agency in the summer of 2018, general manager Garth Snow has to show the All-Star that the team is committed to winning.

NY already traded a first-round pick and second-round pick to the Golden Knights in order to shed the final year of Mikhail Grabovski's contract. Edmonton hasn't been shy about reworking its entire forward corps now that Connor McDavid is the cornerstone. However, the 23-year-old pivot has been trending downward since that breakout campaign, tallying just 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 140 games over the past two seasons.

But he disappointed in Edmonton's first playoff appearance in a decade this past season. He had 13 goals and 17 assists last season.

Strome, who turns 24 next month, is entering the final year of his contract and is set to count $2.5 million against the salary cap. Strome was selected fifth overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.

The Islanders also have to be thrilled to get a prime scorer to help convince Tavares to stay in NY.

In his seven seasons in Edmonton, Eberle, 27, registered 60 or more points three times, although his production has dipped the past two years. Paired with an elite center like Tavares, the Islanders should have a fierce No. 1 scoring line next season.

  • Julie Sanders