Ranking all eight New York Islanders draft classes from the 1970s.
This took me a while to get to. Ranking the eight New York Islanders draft classes in the 1970s was going to be different than the other decades. From 1972 through 1979 GM Billy Torrey and his scouting staff drafted the pieces that would turn the Isles from an expansion team and into an NHL powerhouse.
Just about every draft class was loaded with multiple Stanley Cup champions and with hundreds of games played. In my previous rankings, I simply looked at the number of games played for the Islanders to differentiate between a bad and a good draft class. That wasn’t necessarily going to work for the 1970s.
How do you differentiate between 1972 and 1974? The 72 draft class had 3,068 games while 74 had 3,039. I decided to go with the total number of cups won, major trophies won, and then if it was needed, the number of Hockey Hall of Fame inductees.
With all of that quality, I’m not going to rank them from worst to best as I did before. Just about every draft was a good one in the 1970s. Instead, it’s going to go from “not as great” to “legendary”.
If you haven’t read the other decade draft class rankings I’ve done I suggest you do: