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New York Islanders: Top 5 Lou Lamoriello Draft Picks

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: (L-R) George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights and Lou Lamoriello of the Toronto Maple Leafs talk prior to 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: (L-R) George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights and Lou Lamoriello of the Toronto Maple Leafs talk prior to 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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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 24: Auston Matthews celebrates onstage with the Toronto Maple Leafs after being selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs during round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Honorable Mentions

Auston Matthews Round 1 Pick 1 2016 (TOR)

Auston Matthews is going to be a great player in this league. He already is a stud at just 20-years-old. In his first two years in the league, he put up 69 and 63 points respectively. The reason why he doesn’t make the list is because of where he was drafted.

He was the number one overall pick from 2016, no disrespect for Lou but anyone could have made that pick. It’s just like how Garth Snow shouldn’t get credit for taking John Tavares first overall. There are much better finds later in the draft the deserve recognition.

Bill Guerin Round 1 Pick 5 1989

Bill Guerin was a very solid NHL player. He played for eight different teams over his 18-year career winning two Stanley Cups along the way. In seven years with the Devils, Guerin put up 214 points in 380 games.

The best year of his career was in 2000-2001 when he had 85 points (40 goals, 45 assists) with the Oilers and Bruins.

Later in his career, Guerin played with the Islanders during the 2008-2009 season. He now is a part of the Pittsburgh Penguins as the assistant general manager.

Petr Sykora Round 1 Pick 18 1995

Sykora would prove to be a solid first-round selection from Lou Lamoriello. In eight years with the Devils, he had 394 points (166 goals, 228 assists). His best year with the team came in 2000-2001 when he had 81 points (35 goals, 46 assists).

Sykora was a two time Stanley Cup champion who played in the NHL from 1995-2012.

Travis Zajac Round 1 Pick 20 2004

For the past 12 years, Travis Zajac has been a major piece to what the Devils organization built around. Taken as a late round first rounder in 2004, Zajac has been a very solid depth player for New Jersey.

In 842 career games, Zajac has 461 career points (167 goals, 294 assists). His best year came as a 24-year-old when he had 67 points (25 goals, 42 assists) in 2009-2010.

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