Drafting Dean Chynoweth in 1987
The New York Islanders rarely made a misstep when it came to using their first-round picks before 1987. They were typically the ones pulling out stars and stealing the draft. Remember the 1974 draft? The Islanders pulled Clark Gillies at number four and then Bryan Trottier as the 22nd overall pick.
But when it came to the 1987 draft the New York Islanders GM Bill Torrey had one of those rare missteps. With the 13th overall pick in the draft, the Isles drafted Dean Chynoweth.
The 6’2″ 190lbs defender was a good shutdown player for the Medicine Hat Tigers. Maybe that would translate to the NHL. It didn’t.
Chynoweth would play 241 games in the NHL between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins and score 22 points. Not a great return. Not when you consider who was left on the board and drafted two picks later.
With the 15th overall pick, the Québec Nordiques picked Joe Sakic. Sakic would go on to score 1641 points and win two Stanley Cups, Hart trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, and Lady Byng trophy winner.
To think, Joe Sakic was well within reach for the Islanders and he slipped away.
It’s incredible to think what the New York Islanders might have looked like with Joe Sakic on the roster. Add him to a center depth chart that already featured Pat LaFontaine, Brent Sutter, and Bryan Trottier.
Drafting Dean Chynoweth was a bad decision for the New York Islanders who rarely made bad decisions when it came to the draft.