With the power of hindsight were going back in time to redraft the New York Islanders picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The 2012 draft is one that Garth Snow and the New York Islanders would likely want to have back. You might remember that as the year they drafted all defensemen.
It was also one of the four years in a row that the Islanders had a top-five pick to play with and ultimately fell short of finding a long-term impact player.
Their first pick was Griffin Reinhart. Thankfully Reinhart was salvaged with a trade to the Edmonton Oilers that helped the Islanders get Mathew Barzal. But Reinhart’s 37 career games with two assists makes him a sure NHL bust.
After that, the Islanders only have one more guy to make the NHL from their class of seven defensemen. That’s Adam Pelech in the third round. Pelech is an okay NHL player and probably good value for a third-round pick but to be the only NHLer to pan out from this draft class is pretty poor.
So, what we’re going to do is take a look at who was available when the Islanders were picking and pick again for them. Now, of course, we have the advantage of playing revisionist history here but it’ll still be fun, or sad depending on perspective, to see what could’ve gone differently for draft weekend 2012.