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New York Islanders Re-Drafting 2011 NHL Entry Draft

Fifth overall pick Ryan Strome by the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Fifth overall pick Ryan Strome by the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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ST PAUL, MN – JUNE 24: Fifth overall pick Ryan Strome by the New York Islanders stands onstage with General Manager Garth Snow during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In 2011 the New York Islanders drafted eight players, the only one playing with the team right now is Scott Mayfield. It obviously wasn’t successful. Here’s who they should have taken.

The 2010-11 season saw the New York Islanders continue to struggle. Both Kyle Okposo and Mark Streit were out for months with shoulder injuries. By mid-November, the Islanders had won but four games and fired their head coach.

On November 15th, 2010, the Islanders faithful were introduced to Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach, Jack Capuano. Little did we know how important “puck luck” would be to us all over the next six years.

With only five wins by the end of November, the Islanders obviously didn’t make the playoffs. They finished the 2010-2011 season with a 30-39-13 record with 73 points. Only four other teams were worse than the Islanders that year.

Their reward, the New York Islanders would pick fifth in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Picking fifth didn’t allow them to have total control of who they got to select, but it gave them the chance to take a player that should have been important for them in the years to come.

Of the eight players they selected in the entire draft, only one is currently on the Islanders roster. And it wasn’t their first round pick.

I’ll present who the Islanders picked in each round of the draft, and then say who they should have taken instead.

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