New York Islanders: Homegrown Draft Team

By J.A. Dominicis
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First Line

Zdeno Chara – Travis Harmonic

After a few underwhelming seasons (for his caliber), Chara was traded to the Senators as part of the terrible Alexei Yashin trade.

Calvin de Haan – Jared Spurgeon

Spurgeon never signed with the Isles after getting drafted 156th overall in 2008 and then went on to join the Minnesota Wild.

Andrew MacDonald – Griffin Reinhart

Both were traded away. MacDonald proved to be a reliable defenceman with the Islaes over a few seasons, while Reinhart only played eight games.

Scratches: Ville Pokka, Ryan Pulock


Roberto Luongo

Like Chara, Luongo was move away in another terrible trade before he had a chance to shine.

A close one between Koskinen, Anders Nilsson, and current third-string Kevin Poulin, Koskinen comes out on top because of his raw skill and recent success in Europe.

Overall, this team is actually pretty decent. It is basically the team Garth Snow has built plus the mistakes that former GM Mike Milbury made (Zdeno Chara and Roberto Luongo). It is hard to find a hole on this lineup. Backup goalie could be a question mark, but there is still Nilsson and Poulin there for insurance. Also the defence might need some more depth. Other than that, this is a surefire playoff team that could go deep if it existed.

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