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New York Islanders: Profile of Pick 11 and 12 NHL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 04: Lawson Crouse #67 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to pass the puck during the NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena on January 4, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 04: Lawson Crouse #67 of the Arizona Coyotes looks to pass the puck during the NHL game against the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena on January 4, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Predators 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

2015: Lawson Crouse and Denis Gurianov

Lawson Crouse | Arizona Coyotes

Oh hey, look it’s the Arizona Coyotes again. And again they have a prospect that hasn’t panned out. I’m telling you it’s something to do with Arizona.

Crouse went from a point per game player with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to barely 0.16 points per game in the NHL. That’s one heck of a remarkable drop. I know that playing in Arizona isn’t always going to bring the best out a player, but my God Crouse isn’t looking good.

Denis Gurianov | Dallas Stars

One game. He’s played one NHL game since being drafted by the Dallas Stars. Add Valeri Nichushkin’s not so great NHL career as a Dallas Stars draftee and it seems that the Dallas stars just can’t draft Russian players.

The Stars could have used both Nichushkin and Gurianov to be good NHL players. Because outside of the top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alex Radulov, what do they have going forward? A 34-year-old Jason Spezza and Martin Hanzal? Not necessarily terrifying is it?

That’s two bad prospects for two in 2015. They’re both still young and still have time. But the Islanders can use help now, getting it in two years isn’t what they want. and based on 2015, they wouldn’t even have it then.

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