New York Islanders Top Five American Born In Franchise History
We’ve already got one four-time Stanley Cup winner with the New York Islanders, Dave Langevin is our second to make the cut.
Drafted in the seventh round of the 1974 NHL Draft, the St. Paul, Minnesota-born Langevin was a long shot to make the NHL. Let alone being a member of an NHL dynasty that the world won’t likely see again.
And it didn’t start well. Langevin was not only drafted by the New York Islanders but the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA. He chose to join the later and stayed there for three seasons before the Oilers were absorbed by the NHL. As part of the reclamation draft in 1979, the New York Islanders were able to get their seventh-round pick from 1974 back
Once with the Islanders Langevin would continue his strong play and good production. In his six seasons with the Islanders, he tallied 107 points in 422 games from the blue line.
The US Hockey Hall of Fame member wasn’t known as a scorer like teammate Denis Potvin. Langevin was a physical defenceman who was more accustomed to throwing a big hip-check than a big goal.
Never the less, his services helped the New York Islanders capture four Stanley Cups in a row. A feat that hasn’t been replicated since.
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It’s going to be a while before American-born player usurp the Canadians in terms of sheer volume. But their quality can’t be denied. The current crop of Anders Lee, Nick Leddy and even Brock Nelson are starting to make a name for themselves in the league. We might just have to update the list sooner rather than later.