The draft is always a crap shoot. Even the best talent evaluators will tell you that.
Some players seem like sure-fire stars who turn into a bust, and others are no-names who rise from the ashes to be legitimate players. The New York Islanders have a decent history with late-round draft picks. While most won't amount to much in the NHL, those that do can make a great impact on an organization for yeaThat’s why scouting is so important. You have to be able to find the diamonds in the rough to sustain long term success.
The Islanders currently have a few late round draft picks that they’re very excited for. Matthew Maggio (round five), William Dufour (round five), Isaiah George (round four), and Alex Jefferies (round four) all have given Islander fans some hope for the future with their recent play in junior/college. Will any of those players make this list in a few years? We’ll just have to see and let everything play out.
In the meantime, let's take a look at the five best late round draft picks in Islanders history.