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Islanders draft lottery history: Five years of missed chances

Deputy Commissioner of the NHL Bill Daly announces the fifth pick to go to the New York Islanders (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL)
Deputy Commissioner of the NHL Bill Daly announces the fifth pick to go to the New York Islanders (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL)
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NEW YORK – JULY 22: The National Hockey League draft balls are checked prior to the lottery at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers on July 22, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images for NHLI)

Taking look back at five pivotal years for the New York Islanders and the NHL Draft Lottery.

For five years between 2010 and 2014, the New York Islanders were regular fixtures of the NHL’s Draft Lottery. For those five years, the Islanders hoped they could get some luck and add another cornerstone talent to their organization through the draft lottery.

They were successful in 2009, landing a star center in John Tavares. But in the five years following the 2009 draft, the Isles still held pretty good odds to move up and never did.

Here’s a recount of what happened in those years including their odds, who they picked, and how that worked out for the Islanders.

I also had a bit of fun. I wanted to see how things could work out with modern draft lottery rules. So, I used rankings from 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014 and the draft lottery set up from 2019 to see what the Isles could have received. This year’s lottery is way too complicated to replicated a few times.

To do this, I ran Tankathon’s simulator once and superimposed the team’s from that given year to the position that won.

So, for example, in 2010 the bottom five teams were: Edmonton, Toronto, Florida, Columbus, and the Isles. If the lottery simulator came up with 1st, 4th, and 3rd the order would be Edmonton, Columbus, and Florida. Toronto would move back two spots and the Isles would still be 5th.

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