Bo Horvat trade grades: Islanders take a chance while Canucks turn eyes towards future
Published Feb. 6, 2023, 9:59 a.m. by Jletour1
The New York Islanders were in need of some offensive assistance, and they got it by acquiring veteran center Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. Horvat definitely adds firepower to the Islanders' top six, but is it too little too late for a team that has a steep hill to climb in order to reach the playoffs? Let's break it down.
Islanders trade grade: C+ -- The Islanders sent a top-12 protected first-round pick, Anthony Beauvillier and prospect Aatu Raty to the Canucks in exchange for Horvat. In doing so, the Islanders were able to address their biggest need. Over the last month, the Islanders have struggled mightily to find the back of the net. Since Jan. 1, the Isles have scored just 29 goals, which ranks 30th in the NHL. That lack of offense has resulted in the team going 4-8-3 in that stretch, and it has fallen out of a playoff spot.