Russia has produced only 19 skaters that have played for the New York Islanders organization.
Islanders Top Russians
Originally drafted by the Senators second overall in 1992, Yashin came over to the Islanders when general manager Mike Milbury (yeah him again) traded Zdeno Chara to Ottawa in 2001.
Yashin would spend five seasons with the Isles, playing in 346 games and scoring 290 points. Additionally, Yashin would captain the Islanders from 2005 until 2007.
Drafted in the tenth round (191st overall) in 1989 by the Islanders, Malakhov would only spend three seasons with the organization.
As a defenseman, Malakhov would put up good numbers. In 166 games, he would contribute 125 points and have a +/- of 42.
Oleg Kvasha, LW/C
As the second part of the deal traded to the Islanders for Roberto Luongo, Kvasha played five seasons with the Islanders. In those five seasons, Kvasha would suit up for 332 games, putting up 156 points.
Over 47 seasons, there have been 16 total Finnish players that have played for the Islanders, two goalies, and 14 skaters.
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Mikko Makela, RW
Drafted in the fourth round (65th overall) by the Islanders in 1983, Makela was a solid player during his five seasons with the team. Playing in 307 games, Makela scored 219 points.
Sean Bergenheim, LW
As a first-round pick (22nd overall) by the Isles in 2002, Bergenheim did not live up to his expectations. Bergenheim would play five seasons with the Islanders, playing in 246 games but only posting 80 points.