New York Islanders: Players Who Never Panned Out
FanDuel put out a viral tweet asking for random players that you thought would be good that never panned out. Today, we’ll do a New York Islanders version.
Historically, there’s been some duds that the New York Islanders both drafted and traded for. Players that you thought would be a good fit for the team, who never quite lived up to that expectation.
Yesterday, FanDuel put out a tweet asking fans for players who they thought would be good but just never made it. It got me thinking of some Islanders ones.
For me, my biggest one is Ryan Strome. Yes, he had a 50 point season in 2014-2015 but when he was drafted fifth overall I thought he would John Tavares’ long-term running mate. That 50 point season proved to be an anomaly.
His point totals in the four years since then are 28, 30, 34, 35. Those are fairly mediocre numbers especially when you consider he was a top-five pick.
Another name that came up frequently from people was Jeff Tambellini. Tambellini was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in the Mark Parrish trade. As a former first-round pick he struggled mightily in the NHL.
In parts of five seasons with the New York Islanders, he had 46 points in 176 games. His best season was a 15 point year in the dreadful 2008-2009 season.
Who are some other choices for Islanders that you thought would be good that just never made it? Comment below.
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