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Islanders: Every single player lost through expansion drafts since 1974

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Majority owner Bill Foley and general manager George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights annouce their picks during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Majority owner Bill Foley and general manager George McPhee of the Vegas Golden Knights annouce their picks during the 2017 NHL Awards and Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 28: A general view of the ice surface and the New York Islanders logo prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Remember every player the New York Islanders have lost through the expansion draft? Don’t worry, here’s a refresher for you.

There’s been a lot of talks recently about the upcoming Seattle Expansion Draft. Who the New York Islanders lose to the Kraken is on the tip of everyone’s lips. Could it be Nick Leddy? Semyon Varlamov? Maybe Jordan Eberle? Or maybe the Islanders make a deal like in 2017 to keep the Kraken away from some of the players they wanted to keep.

It’s going to be an interesting summer for the Islanders who could lose a good player to the Kraken. Although, that good player will likely also take their large cap hit with them to the West Coast. So it’s not all bad.

For this post, I didn’t want to focus on who the Isles could lose but rather I wanted to look at every single player they did lose through expansion.

Since the Islanders entered the league in 1972 and conducted their own expansion draft, they’ve fallen victim to ten different expansion drafts. I wanted to look back at who they lost, and if any of there were a William Karlsson like find for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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