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New York Islanders Podcast: The Disappointing Generation of Draft Picks

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders works on the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Garth Snow of the New York Islanders works on the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Between 2008 and 2012, the New York Islanders had five top ten picks at the NHL Draft. Only one remains today. It was supposed to be the future, and boy did it disappoint.

From 2008 to 2014, the New York Islanders averaged 72 points per season and made the playoffs just once. Their compensation for those terrible results we’re draft picks in the top ten in five of those six seasons.

That’s the way the NHL works. Finish with a bad record, get a good pick in return and maybe you won’t be so bad the next time around. In five years, the Islanders got a top ten pick five times.

Those five picks, in order, were: Josh Bailey (ninth overall in 2008), John Tavares (first overall in 2009), Nino Niederreiter (fifth in 2010), Ryan Strome (fifth in 2011), and Griffin Reinhart (fourth in 2012).

They were supposed to be the Islanders core players. They were supposed to be the wave of talent that would carry the New York Islanders back to the top of the division rather than the bottom.

Of course, they didn’t. Matt and Mitch lament about how that disappointing generation of players sunk the Islanders for a while.

What Else Do We Talk About?

  • The New York Islanders have been linked with unrestricted free agent defenseman Erik Karlsson. Why exactly? It’s not that he isn’t a good player, but he isn’t exactly what the New York Islanders need at the moment now is it? And how would such a signing impact the prospect of bringing in a top-six forward?
  • Lou Lamoriello has recently stated that Noah Dobson should be able to push for an NHL spot next season. Can he actually get one, and if so how?
  • The Isles signed both Arnaud Durandeau and Tanner Fritz to new deals this week. It’s not the deals we were all hoping to hear, but they’re both important deals that show the Islanders are still increasing the talent pool and bringing in shrewd depth.

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