Bob Nystrom | Calgary Centennials (WCHL)
Selection: 33rd overall in 1972
In 1972, the Islanders first every amateur draft, the New York Islanders selected Billy Harris first overall, a solid pick for the first in franchise history. The Isles followed that up with Lorne Henning at 17 in the second round. In the third round, the Isles selected Nystrom, 33rd overall.
Nystrom, would play 900 games as a New York Islander and put up 513 points. There weren’t Hall of Fame number like the tw other names on the list before him, but there’s a reason Nystrom’s number has been retired by the Islanders.
Nystrom was the definition of secondary scoring. He never put up more than 59 points in a season, but he’d net the Islanders a consistent 40 to 50 points every year.
And if there’s a single point that stands out from his 17 year NHL career, its the one he scored on May 24th, 1980. After John Tonneli received a pass up the gut from Lorne Henning, Tonelli flipped it to Nystrom through both Flyers defenders, and Nystrom made no mistake, tapping it passed Pete Peeters.
That goal was in overtime, game six, of the Stanley Cup finals. It would be the Islanders first of four as they began their dynastic run.
But Nystrom was more than just secondary scoring for the Islanders. Heck, he wasn’t even just another player for the Islanders. Nystrom latched on to Long Island and never let go. He loved Long Island, and they loved him.
For his contributions on the ice, as well as off, Bob Nystrom is Mr. Islander.