2010 to 2014 NHL Entry Draft Picks
For four out of five seasons after drafting John Tavares first overall in 2009, the New York Islanders had a pick in the top five of the NHL Entry Draft. By 2018 not a single one is on the roster.
In 2010 the Islanders selected Nino Niederreiter fourth overall. Within a few years, the Swiss player had enough with the Islanders and requested a trade. It’s hard to blame him. Nino was either buried in the AHL or playing on the fourth line. The Isles would get Cal Clutterbuck and a pick for what would be a 57 point player for the Wild.
In 2011 the Isles picked fifth and took Ryan Strome. Strome would have a 50 point season with the Isles but then quickly fall off. Eventually, the Islanders were able to make a deal with the Oilers to acquire Jordan Eberle for Strome. They got lucky.
Three years out from acquiring Tavares the Islanders were still picking in the top five. In 2012 they took defenseman Griffin Reinhart. Reinhart still hasn’t made the NHL and is with his third team, the Vegas Golden Knights. At least the Isles were able to get Barzal and Beauvillier. But the point here is that the picks didn’t work out.
Skip 2013 where the Isles take Ryan Pulock at number 15, and in 2014 the New York Islanders are back in the top five. This time they take Michael Dal Colle with the fifth overall pick. Dal Colle was a fantastic scorer in junior, but he just hasn’t put it together to make the NHL.
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These picks should have formed the core of the New York Islanders along with John Tavares. Not a single one is on the roster. Sure Garth was able to salvage two of them, but the fact still remains that Garth made poor drafting decisions.