Oilers trade F Jordan Eberle to Islanders for C Ryan Strome

Griffin Reinhart of the Edmonton Oilers makes his playoff debut against Jakob Silfverberg of the Anaheim Duck in Game 6 in the second round of NHL playoffs at Rogers Place

The New York Islanders have acquired right wing Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle, 27, was a first-round pick by the Oilers in 2008.

Strome was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011. While Strome only scored 13 goals and 30 points last season, he is only two seasons removed from scoring 17 goals and 50 points in 81 games.

In New York, he is expected to join the top line alongside Tavares, the Islanders' captain, and one of the best players in the game.

Eberle should provide proven scoring punch to the first line, taking some of the pressure off emerging young forwards like Josh Ho-Sang and Anthony Beauvillier as they come into their own over the next few seasons. Edmonton will play each divisional opponent four times, with the exception of the Calgary Flames, who they will face five times. He had 20 goals and 31 assists last season. Mix in an on-ice shooting percentage (7.7%) that ties his career low, and it would be entirely reasonable to expect Eberle's production to bounce back next season, even if he wasn't on the move. "Coming there and everybody talking about how it was in 2006 and to have gone through it, I loved it", said Eberle, who took heat though because he didn't score and had two assists in 13 games.

Strome, 23, has one year left on his deal with a cap hit of $2.5 million.

His fondest memory isn't his first National Hockey League goal - a tally against the Calgary Flames in his first game that was named TSN highlight of the year - but making the playoffs with the Oilers this past season. Given that he has a $6 million annual cap hit for another two seasons, that offensive decline was problematic. Both deals could exceed $6 million per season, and freeing up the additional cap space gives the Oilers almost $24 million to work with this summer.

Ryan Strome will look to get his career back on track in Edmonton.

With the Oilers looking to save cap space for extensions to their young players, including both McDavid and Draisaitl - the latter needing a new contract for the 2017-18 season - it would appear the Oilers were simply looking to dump some salary while getting a serviceable, young player with high upside.

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