New York Islanders Best Late Draft Picks in Franchise History
Stefan Persson (1974) – 14th Round, 214 Overall
In 1974 the NHL Entry Draft the New York Islanders selected 19 players across twenty rounds. In the first two rounds, they selected future Hall of Fame players Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier.
Through rounds three to fourteen only two players would make the NHL, Dave Langevin selected 112 overall and all the way at 214 was defenseman Stefan Persson.
Persson became a mainstay on the Islanders blue line stringing together three 50+ point seasons between 1977 and 1981.
Twice in the playoffs, Persson put together 15 point campaigns, getting serious Conn Smythe potential as the Isles won their first of four cups in 1980.
He stayed with the Islanders his entire nine-year NHL career winning four cups as part of last great dynasty in the NHL. He ended his NHL career with 369 points in 622 games.