New York Islanders Longest Serving Members in Franchise History
Appearances: 638, 10th
Draft: 13th, 1985 (NY Islanders) Status: Retired
Points: 499 (211G, 288A)
Derek King was drafted back in 1985 by the Islanders. He’d go on to play a total of ten seasons with the New York Islanders. He had stints in a few other markets, but New York was his longest.
King is an interesting player. He’s not the type you absolutely remember. He’s not the player that will have books or songs penned about them. But looking at his career they probably should.
King perfectly personifies the average production curve over time. King steadily improved his production until he hit his peak at 24 years-old. King peaked for three years and then his production fell off a cliff.
For those three years, between the ages of 24 to 26 King averaged 75 points, before his points total fell to 26 by the time he reached 27.
King’s production would never hit the same levels, and after ten years the Islanders traded him the Hartford Whalers for a fifth-round pick in the 1997 draft. Leaving his appearance totals at 638.
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