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Islanders team of the decade: Best players by position

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 10:34 of the first period against the Dallas Stars and is joined by John Tavares #91 (r) at the Barclays Center on January 3, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 03: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 10:34 of the first period against the Dallas Stars and is joined by John Tavares #91 (r) at the Barclays Center on January 3, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders congratulates Anders Lee #27 on his second period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on March 22, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

You can pick one player from each position to form the best New York Islanders team of this decade, who do you take and why?

The last ten years have been up and down for the New York Islanders. Between January 1, 2010, and today, the Islanders made the playoffs in four of a possible six seasons. They just couldn’t sustain any sort of success over the last decade.

The low water mark came in 2010-11. That season the Islanders would go 30-39-13 finishing 20 points out of the playoffs and ahead of only the Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, and Edmonton Oilers.

Over the next few years, the Islanders would stockpile top five picks in the draft to build a new young core of talented players. The only problem was that John Tavares would the only talented one of the group.

Between 2010 and 2014, the Islanders would pick in the top five four times selecting Nino Niederreiter (2010), Ryan Strome (2011), Griffin Reinhart (2012), and Michael Dal Colle (2014).

To be fair, Nino would become a good NHL player and a top-six forward, just not with the Isles. The Islanders would just alienate him so much by playing him with Marty Reasoner and Jay Pandolfo or in the AHL to learn to play defense hed ask to be traded.

The Islanders core of young talented players was never to be. So they had to find other ways to build a winning roster. That meant bringing in players through trade and free agency where there were mixed results.

Here we are at the end of the decade and reflecting. From January 1, 2010 up until today, 125 skaters and 17 goalies have put on an Islanders jersey. Of those 142 players who was the very best at their position?

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