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Islanders: Ranking last 10 first rounders from worst to best

2019 NHL Draft - Round One
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Mathew Barzal
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Noah Dobson | 2018 12th Overall

He's only in his third NHL season, but he's already done something that hasn't been seen on the Island since 2008-09, and that's 50+ points in a single season from a defenseman.

And he hasn't yet peaked as a player. Noah Dobson still has a lot of room to grow. And he can already be considered as a top-pair defenseman. It's only up from here for Dobson. And again, it's only year three of his NHL career.

Mathew Barzal | 2015 16th Overall

What a selection by the Islanders. The Boston Bruins must be kicking themselves for not getting Mathew Barzal when they had three kicks at the can with picks 13, 14, and 15 at the 2015 draft.

The production is lower than we'd like to see over the last few years, but Barzal has been largely on his own and in a defensive system it's not easy to put up the 85 points in 82 games Barzal put up in 2018-19.

But with 311 points in 362 NHL games, Barzal is easily the top pick in these last ten first-round selections. And to think, the Isles didn't have a first-round pick in 2015. They only got that after moving Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton. Pretty impressive how the worst gave the Islanders the best.

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