New York Islanders: Top 5 Draft Picks in Last 10 Years

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The New York Islanders have a storied history in the NHL. Recently they have been trying to build through the NHL Draft. Who are the best five draft picks since 2007?

The New York Islanders were a true dynasty in the early 1980s. Winning four straight Stanley Cups, they proved to be one of the best franchises in the NHL. Recently, the Islanders have struggled to find that same success.

Without a ton of draw to sign premier free agents, the Islanders have tried to build through the NHL Draft. Like in all sports, drafting is extremely important. You will be hard-pressed to find a successful organization that isn’t able to draft well.

For the Islanders, losing in the past 10 seasons has resulted in a lot of high draft picks. Some of these high draft picks have worked out, and some have not. Also, the Islanders have had some success drafting in the later rounds. Finding these hidden gems is important for building depth, and also for the salary cap.

After reaching the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 1993, some of the Islanders’ homegrown talent was certainly on display last season. Unfortunately, they still have ways to go before they are once again Stanley Cup Champions.

Here are the five best draft picks by the Islanders since the 2007 NHL Draft.