3 Reasons the Islanders Didn't Need Artemi Panarin

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Artemi Panarin #9 of the Columbus Blue Jackets takes a shot against Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders in the first period during their game at Barclays Center on February 13, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Columbus Blue Jackets v New York Islanders | Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The New York Islanders were in the thick of the Artemi Panarin sweepstakes, but they lost out to their crosstown rival in the Rangers. Just a day after Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving spurned the Knicks for the Nets.

But, it's not all doom and gloom for the Islanders, and here are three reasons why.

3. Lou Always Finds a Way

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends the 2019 NHL Draft at the Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
2019 NHL Draft - Round 2-7 | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Remember when the Isles lost John Tavares to the Toronto Maple Leafs and signed the likes of Leo Komarov and Valtteri Filppula last offseason? Many thought the Islanders were destined for the bottom of the overall league standings. Instead, they made it all the way to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. General manager Lou Lamoriello has been known to find diamonds in the rough throughout his lengthy career. Islanders fans should be comfortable in any decision he makes this offseason.

2. Saves Money to Extend Matthew Barzal

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 14: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders controls the puck during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on April 14, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
New York Islanders v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Three | Justin Berl/Getty Images

Following Panarin's decision, reports circulated that the Islanders were offering the winger a hefty $12.5 million annual salary. Now that he's officially of the board, the Islanders can set their focus on re-upping Matthew Barzal, who becomes restricted free agent next year. New York already lost their face of the franchise in Tavares last year, you best believe they won't make the same mistake with Barzal, considering the cap space they have available to them.

1. Rich Prospect Pool

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22:  Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
2018 NHL Draft - Round One | Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Islanders have a rather deep prospect pool, especially at forward. Johan Sundstrom and Simon Holmstrom rank as the two of the top three overall prospects in New York's farm system. Not to mention, the Islanders got a steal in Oliver Wahlstrom in the 2018 Entry Draft. While they lost out Panarin, the future does look bright for the Islanders.