The Top 5 NY Islanders Born In the USA

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5. Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, MN)

Drafted seventh overall in the 2006 NHL Draft, Kyle Okposo spent parts of nine seasons on Long Island before signing with the Buffalo Sabres in the summer of 2016. A highly touted forward with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, Okposo jumped to the collegiate ranks at the University of Minnesota following his draft year.

Okposo played a year and a half for the Golden Gophers before leaving college midway through his sophomore season in 2007-08, signing a contract with the Islanders and reporting to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. After 35 games in Bridgeport, totaling 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists), he earned a call-up to the big club for the season's final nine games. Okposo was impressive during his short stint, scoring twice and adding three assists. From there, he didn't look back, remaining a staple in the Islanders' lineup for the duration of his time on the island.

After a career year in 2015-16, finishing with 64 points, Okposo departed for Buffalo. He totaled 369 points during his career with the Islanders, remaining a fan favorite to this day.