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New York Islanders Best Player Acquired Via Trade In Every Position

23 Oct 1997: Mariuz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Molson Center in Montreal, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
23 Oct 1997: Mariuz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Molson Center in Montreal, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
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Throughout the New York Islanders history who are the best players that they acquired in each of the five positions through trade?

From center to defense, left-wing to right-wing, who are the best players that the New York Islanders have acquired through trade? It’s a long history to look over, but with some bad GMs in the Islanders past, acquiring good players isn’t so obvious.

So what am I look at? I’m only looking at players acquired via trade. I’m not talking about picks that eventually translated into players. So no Mathew Barzal in this one. (Maybe I can do that one later).

I’m also not going to look at the trade package. I don’t care if it cost the Islanders an arm-and-a-leg to get a great player if he was great he counts. This is about the best player acquired in each position and not the effectiveness of the GM at the time.

And this time, no funny business when it comes to players and positions. I’m not going to move a player into a position that they never played. (Shout out to all the commenter and tweeters on my all-decade slider for the input.)

What I’m looking for here is the best player to play in a specific position that was acquired via trade. Individual stats with the New York Islanders (and only the New York Islanders) matters. Individual accolades – again while playing for the New York Islanders- matters.

I’ve added my honorable mentions so you know who else I may have put in various positions. Maybe that’s who you would have put over the player I selected.

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