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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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NEWARK, NJ – FEBRUARY 09: Former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur smiles as he leaves the ice after his jersey retirement ceremony before the game between the New Jersey Devils and the Edmonton Oilers on 9, 2016 at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Number 1: Martin Brodeur Round 1 Pick 20 1990

What if I told you Martin Brodeur wasn’t the first goalie selected in the 1990 draft. Poor Calgary took Trevor Kidd which left the Devils to select arguably the best goalie of all time with the 20th pick in 1990.

Brodeur was a seven-time all-star, three-time Stanley Cup Champion, four-time Vezina Trophy Winner oh yeah, and he also took home the Calder Trophy in 1993-1994. I’ll put it to you this way, there’s a statue of him outside the Prudential Center, he did a lot of things well.

From 1993 to 2014 Brodeur was a regular part of the Devils goalie situation. In 21 years with the organization he had a .912 save percentage and a 2.24 goals against average. That’s insane.

Let’s forget about his seven-game stint with St Louis in 2014-2015, almost like Michael Jordan as a Wizard and focus on the unbelievable career that Brodeur gifted the NHL with.

In 1996-1997 Brodeur put up video game-like numbers. He had a .927 save percentage and a 1.88 goals against average. Sickening stuff. Lou selected two guys who played over 20 years with the organization. That’s unheard of.

Next: Islanders Officially Announce Lamoriello Hire

The fact that Lou Lamoriello will be calling the shots for the Islanders can’t be understated. He will turn this team around for the better, and his insane ability to find talent in the draft will be a main reason why the Isles get this ship back in the right direction.

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