The 3 most important draft picks in NY Islanders history

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2. Mike Bossy

Mike Bossy
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Mike Bossy was a true Islander Legend.

In every aspect of the word, Bossy is indeed a true Islander legend. Bossy was drafted 15th overall in the 1977 NHL Draft. He would waste little time in establishing himself to the Islanders' faithful. In his rookie season, Bossy would finish with 53 goals and 38 assists, tallying 91 points in total. This was more than good enough to land him the Calder Memorial Trophy.

Bossy also set the rookie record for goals in a single season with 53. He would follow up his rookie season with an even more stellar season in 1978-79. He would finish with 126 points overall off of 69 goals and 57 assists. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy three times in his career, which was given to someone who produced high-quality play as well as had tremendous sportsmanship.

Another thing that stood out was his consistency. Bossy holds the NHL record for most consecutive 50+ goal seasons with nine, most 60+ goal seasons with five (tied with Wayne Gretzky), the highest goals-per-game average with .762, most power-play goals in one playoff season with nine (tied with Cam Neely), and most consecutive hat-tricks with three (tied with Joe Malone).

Bossy also reached the all-star game in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986 and played a pivotal role in the Islanders dynasty era, winning four Stanley Cups with the team and the Conn Smythe in 1982. Bossy ended his career at the age of 30 due to back issues. If he remained healthy, there's no telling where his final numbers would have ended up. He tallied 573 goals, and 553 assists, scoring 1126 points in total. In his 129 playoff appearances, he tallied 85 goals and 75 assists for 160 points.