The pick the Isles will surrender for Kennedy is a 2015 7th rounder, unless the Islanders win the Cup and Kennedy plays in half of Finals games. If that happens, it becomes a third rounder in 2016. (Islanders)
Kennedy, 28, had 4 goals and 5 assists in 28 games this season for the Sharks.
Kennedy is set to become a free agent after the season.
At first glance, Kennedy may not seem like much, given his offensive numbers. But he does have a higher ceiling than some of the depth players the Isles have been forced to call upon due to injuries, and advanced stats show he plays a good possession game. That fits well with the system the Islanders play, and it should help even out a team that has had a few less-than-stellar games in the absence of possession stalwarts Kyle Okposo and Mikhail Grabovski.
The addition of Kennedy gives the Islanders a bit more depth up front, especially with the three injuries the team is dealing with. As Brian noted above, yes, Kennedy's offensive numbers don't jump out, but he plays a good possession game. He is also another veteran with playoff experience on the Islanders roster as they head towards the postseason.