Five of the best late-round draft picks in NY Islanders history

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Vladimir Malakhov

Vladimir Malakhov
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Vladimir Malakhov had a wonderful career in the NHL, especially for someone drafted in the 10th round. The 6’4 227 pound defenseman served as a strong presence on the blueline for those early 90s Islanders teams. His rookie year, he registered 52 points, with 14 goals and was a critical piece to the 1993 team who made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. 

Ultimately, in the midst of his third season, the Islanders ended up trading Malakhov, along with Pierre Turgeon for the notorious Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider. The trade wasn’t viewed all that positively since Muller hardly showed that he was interested, before getting shipped off in the 95-96 season. Malakhov ended up having a successful career in the NHL, playing 546 more games after the trade, with 346 points, and now serves as a player development coach for the Islanders.