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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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Former New York Islander Glenn Healy and New York Ranger Alexei Kovalev (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Former New York Islander Glenn Healy and New York Ranger Alexei Kovalev (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

1993 – Florida Panther & Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

Three years, three expansion drafts. Wild. This was also the first expansion draft where Bill Torrey wasn’t at the helm for the Isles. He was on the other side as the President of the Florida Panthers.

  • Glenn Healy (G) – Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Tom Fitzgerald (F) – Florida Panthers

Seeing Healy go after what he did in the playoffs was wild. But Anaheim didn’t protect him either and Tampa drafted him the next day. Fortunately for Healy, he was immediately traded to the Rangers and won the Stanley Cup in 1994.

Fitzgerald didn’t have a great career with the Isles but became a solid player for the Panthers, putting up 121 points in 353 games.

1998 – Nashville Predators

After back-to-back double expansions, the NHL only grew by a single team in 98, welcoming the Nashville Predators to the league. The Isles would lose only a single player:

  • J.J. Daigneault (D)

Daigneault was already a well-travelled player at this point. The veteran defenseman had already skated with six teams before joining the Islanders. By going to the Preds, by way of the Isles, he was already at eight teams. He’d make it nine in January of 1999 when the Preds traded him for ‘future considerations’ to the then Phoenix Coyotes.

Daigneault was never much a scorer. His most productive season was 28 points in 64 games back in 1985-86, so it’s no surprise he only put up four points in 35 games with the Preds. But the vet was brought in for his wealth of NHL experience and to solidfy the backend for an expansion team.

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