The Five Worst First-Round Draft Picks in NY Islanders History

2012 NHL Entry Draft - Round One
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Scott Scissons (1990, 6th Overall)

It felt like Scott Scissons’ career was destroyed before it even started. While playing for the Saskatoon Blades, Scissons was an impactful player, registering 85+ points in back-to-back seasons (including a 40 goal campaign). Then in his draft year, he underwent a discectomy and suffered a wrist injury, all while his production dropped slightly. 

Despite his ailments, Scissons was drafted with the sixth pick in the 1990 draft by the Islanders. In his tenure, he played three total games (two regular season, one playoff), without getting on the scoresheet. After a failed stint on the Island, Scissons tried out for the Dallas Stars, but their team doctor suggested that he was damaged goods, leading him into an early retirement at the age of 22. 

Notable players picked after:

  • Daryl Sydor
  • Derian Hatcher
  • Keith Tkachuk
  • Martin Brodeur
  • Brad May