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New York Islanders Player History: Where are they all from?

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A fan raises the flags over his truck prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A fan raises the flags over his truck prior to the preseason game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 20: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders takes a break during a stop in play in the second period of a game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on December 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Islanders 4-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Germany

A grand total of six German players have suited up for the Islanders during the organization’s history. One of these players has been a goalie and the other five have been skaters.

Islanders Top Germans

Thomas Greiss, G

Currently, in his fourth season with the Islanders, Greiss has played in 160 games for the Islanders, starting 149 of them. He currently has 84 wins and 10 shutouts. Additionally, Greiss is sporting a healthy .915 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average in his career with the Isles.

Uwe Krupp, D

Krupp only played three seasons with the Isles but was a solid defenseman. Playing in 180 games, Krupp scored 94 points and had a +/- of 30.

Mikhail Grabovski, C

Grabovski is not really a top German player to play for the Islanders. He only played in two seasons for the franchise. In those two seasons, he only played in 109 games and only scored 44 points.

However, you could argue that Grabovski is not German at all. This is because Grabovski was born in Germany but he was mostly raised in Belarus. So it can be argued that 20 countries have been represented in the Islanders organization.

Ukraine

Only two skaters from Ukraine have ever played for the Islanders.

Alexei Zhitnik, D

One of the two Ukrainian skaters that have played for Islanders is Zhitnik. Zhitnik suited up for 89 games over two seasons with the Islanders. Over those two seasons, Zhitnik put up 40 points and had a +/- of 17.

Austria

Austria has brought the Islanders three total skaters in their history.

Michael Grabner, RW

Grabner was one of the three Austrian players that have played for the Isles. In five seasons with the team, Grabner suited up for 297 games and scored 90 goals and a total of 144 points.

Grabner was an exciting player to watch. He created numerous break-a-way opportunities with his speed, whether at even strength or on the penalty kill.

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