New York Islanders Player History: Where are they all from?
Over the Isles 47-year history, there have been 106 American-born players to lace up the skates for the organization. Of these 106, 100 have been skaters and only six have been goalies.
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In 1983, the Islanders selected LaFontaine third overall. He would play eight seasons with the franchise, suiting up for 530 games and scoring 566 points. In 2003, Lafontaine would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ken Morrow, D
Morrow is a much less talked about part of the dynasty team that would win four straight Cups. As a shut-down defenseman, Morrow was a large part for the Islanders success in the early ’80s
Drafted in the fourth round (68th overall), Morrow would spend his whole 10-year career with the franchise. He played in 550 games, scored 105 points, and reached a +/- of 142.
Anders Lee, F
In his first season as the Islanders current captain and his seventh season with the team overall, Lee currently has 27 goals and 47 points. Last season, Lee broke the 40-goal mark for the first time in his career.
Lee was selected in the sixth round (152nd overall) in the 2009 NHL entry draft. There is no doubt that the Isles found a diamond in the rough with Lee and he should be considered a steal from that draft class.
As one of the hardest workers for the current Islanders, Lee finds ways to score. In over 415 games, Lee has scored over 150 goals and over 250 points. The Captain is not afraid to go to the front of the net and duel it out with defenders and the opposing goalie to deflect a shot from the point or bury a juicy rebound.
Jason Blake, LW
As one of the quicker guys in the league during his prime, Blake was extremely exciting to watch. Blake played six seasons for the Isles, lacing his skates up for 426 games and scoring 258 points, 127 of which were goals.
Mark Parrish, RW
Parrish came over to the Islanders when the infamous Mike Milbury traded goalie Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in 2000. Although Luongo has gone on to have a hall of fame career, it was not all bad at the time being.
In five seasons for the Islanders, Parrish played in 345 games and scored 118 goals, 43 of which were powerplay goals and 25 were game-winners.