New York Islanders Longest Serving Members in Franchise History
Appearances: 712, 7th
Draft: 21st, 1982 (NY Islanders) Status: Retired
Points: 488 (160G, 328A)
Winning the Stanley Cup means your team is so good that it would be disadvantageous to the rest of the league to have you draft at the top of the order. Because of your success, you must draft from the bottom of the order; last.
And that’s just what the New York Islanders did in 1982. Taking Toronto native Pat Flatley 21st overall, last in the first round.
The two picks before Flatley ended up being duds for Montréal and Edmonton, playing a combined 21 NHL games between the two of them. Flatley however, went on to play 712 games for the Islanders.
Putting up respectable numbers, but nothing close enough for a Hall of Fame nod or anything. He’d even miss out on all the Stanley Cup fun, not making his NHL debut till the 1983-84 season.
But as far as serviceable laborer’s Flatley was one of the best.
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