Over the last ten years of NHL drafts, what has been the best and the worst class of prospects for the New York Islanders?
Over the last ten years, the New York Islanders have made 13 picks in the first round. Five of those picks were in the top half of the draft. Just on that note alone, you’d think the Islanders draft history over the last ten years would have been fantastic.
It’s never that simple, and certainly not when it comes to the New York Islanders. The Isles should have amassed an impressive bunch of picks to build a core that should have propelled them to glory. It didn’t.
In fact, their best draft class of the last decade has come from a year where they didn’t even have a first-round pick of their own.
For this post, I’m just looking at what the Islanders were able to get out of the draft. I’m not considering if those prospects were traded for something else. So no extra credit for the Reinhart pick because he was traded for Barzal and Beauvillier.
First, the worst draft classes of the decade from the worst of the worst to a draft that could have been better.