A look back at every Islanders first-round pick* since the team selected Bill Harris first overall in 1972, with stats, commentary and an assessment of each player's impact on the Isles.

*Note: The Islanders did not have first-round picks in 2001 and 2007.

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1972: BILL HARRIS (1st overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: 184 goals, 259 assists, 296 PIM in 623 games
Career NHL stats: 231 goals, 327 assists, 394 PIM in 897 games
The first Islander, Harris was the initial selection of the expansion Isles. Harris was one of the key cogs in the Isles’ offense in its early years. He was dealt to the Kings during the 1979-80 season; later that season, the Islanders won their first Stanley Cup.
Impact: Hit

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1973: DENIS POTVIN (1st overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 310 goals, 742 assists, 1,356 PIM in 1,060 games
One of the great players in NHL history, Potvin played for the Islanders for 15 seasons. Potvin won the James Norris Memorial Trophy three times, won four Stanley Cups, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. Potvin was also a threat on offense, scoring 30 or more goals three times.
Impact: Hit

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1974: CLARK GILLIES (4th overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: 304 goals, 359 assists, 892 PIM in 872 games
Career NHL stats: 319 goals, 378 assists, 1,023 PIM in 958 games
The mid-1970s were a good period to be drafted by the Islanders. Gillies, like Potvin before him, won a quartet of Stanley Cups in the 1980s. Gillies' best season came in 1978-79, when the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native scored totaled 35 goals and 56 assists. He played his final two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres.
Impact: Hit

1975: PAT PRICE (11th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 8 goals, 45 assists, 104 PIM in 182 games
Career NHL stats: 43 goals, 218 assists, 1,456 PIM in 726 games
After a string of three straight impact draft picks, Price was the first Isles selection that didn’t pan out. The Canadian defenseman scored eight goals in 182 games with the Islanders, and was eventually taken by the Oilers in the 1979 expansion draft.
Impact: Miss

1976: ALEX MCKENDRY (14th overall)
Wing
Career Islanders stats: 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 PIM in 8 games
Career NHL stats: 3 goals, 6 assists, 21 PIM in 46 games
McKendry played just eight games for the Islanders, failing to record a point. He did have the good fortune of appearing for the team during the 1979-80 season, the Isles’ first of four straight Stanley Cups.
Impact: Miss

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1977: MIKE BOSSY (15th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 573 goals, 553 assists, 210 PIM in 752 games
The final piece to the Islanders’ dynasty of the early 1980s, Bossy is one of the great players in franchise history. He won the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) following the 1977-78 season, and the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) after the Isles’ third Stanley Cup in 1982. The Hall of Famer holds the NHL record for most consecutive seasons with at least 50 goals (nine), and is 20th all-time in goals scored.
Impact: Hit

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1978: STEVE TAMBELLINI (15th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 24 goals, 25 assists, 21 PIM in 107 games
Career NHL stats: 160 goals, 150 assists, 105 PIM in 553 games
The Isles won back-to-back Stanley Cups in Tambellini’s second and third seasons with the team. He was dealt in a package to the Colorado Rockies for Mike McEwen the following season. While Tambellini had a solid NHL career, most of his impact was post-Islanders.
Impact: Miss

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1979: DUANE SUTTER (17th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: 121 goals, 171 assists, 893 PIM in 547 games
Career NHL stats: 139 goals, 203 assists, 1,333 PIM in 731 games
Sutter had about as good a first four years in the NHL as a player could have, winning four straight Stanley Cups. Sutter was never a superstar, but he was a key piece to the Islanders’ teams in the 1980s, playing in at least 75 games every season from 1981-82 to 1986-87. He finished his career with the Blackhawks.
Impact: Hit

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1980: BRENT SUTTER (17th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 287 goals, 323 assists, 761 PIM in 694 games
Career NHL stats: 363 goals, 466 assists, 1,054 PIM in 1,111 games
One year after his brother Duane was taken 17th in the NHL draft, Brent was also drafted 17th overall by the Isles. Duane and Brent were two of six Sutter brothers to play in the NHL. Brent was one of the most consistent members of the Islanders’ teams in the 1980s, scoring at least 20 goals every season from 1981-82 to 1990-91. Sutter was named the Islanders captain after Denis Potvin’s retirement.
Impact: Hit

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PAUL BOUTILIER, Defense
Islanders (1981-1986): 213 games, 20 G, 69 A, 89 PTS
Rangers (1987-1988): 4 games, 0 G, 1 A, 1 PT

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1982: PATRICK FLATLEY(21st overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: 160 goals, 328 assists, 660 PIM in 712 games
Career NHL stats: 170 goals, 340 assists, 686 PIM in 780 games
While Duane Sutter won championships in his first four seasons with the Islanders, Flatley had the unfortunate timing of joining the Isles the year following their reign. That said, Flatley had a long, productive career with the Islanders, scoring 50 or more points four times.
Impact: Hit

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1983: PAT LAFONTAINE (3rd overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 287 goals, 279 assists, 309 PIM in 530 games
Career NHL stats: 468 goals, 545 assists, 552 PIM in 865 games
Pat LaFontaine, an NHL Hall of Famer, is one of 79 NHL players with at least 1,000 career points. LaFontaine racked up 85 or more points each of his four final years with the Islanders before being dealt to the Sabres prior to the 1991-92 season. The next year, in 1992-93, LaFontaine had a career year, totaling 148 points on 53 goals and 95 assists. LaFontaine would wrap up his career with the Rangers, making him one of four players to play for each New York team.
Impact: Hit

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1983: GERALD DIDUCK (16th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 26 goals, 65 assists, 580 PIM in 314 games
Career NHL stats: 56 goals, 156 assists, 1,612 PIM in 932 games
Diduck (right) was by no means as great an all-time great draft pick, but the defenseman did kick off a 17-year NHL career with six effective seasons on Long Island. Diduck played in at least 65 games each of his final three seasons with the Isles, totaling over 100 penalty minutes each season.
Impact: Hit

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1984: DUNCAN MACPHERSON (20th overall) Defenseman
Career Islanders/NHL stats: Did not play
MacPherson played for several seasons in the WHL, AHL and IHL, but never stepped foot on the ice in the NHL. A Saskatchewan native, MacPherson disappeared while on a ski trip in Europe in 1989; his body was found 14 years later.
Impact: Miss

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1985: BRAD DALGARNO (6th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 49 goals, 71 assists, 332 PIM in 321 games
Dalgarno had a 10-year career with the Islanders. He never secured a full-time roster spot, though, playing in more than 60 NHL games in a season just once. Dalgarno eclipsed 10 goals three times in his career, and never scored more than 32 points in a season.
Impact: Miss

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1985: DEREK KING (13th overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: 211 goals, 288 assists, 344 PIM in 638 games
Career NHL stats: 261 goals, 351 assists, 417 PIM in 830 games
King, a Canadian-born winger, had a stellar three-year stretch for the Isles. From the 1991-92 season through 1993-94, King scored 108 total goals, including 40 in the 1991-92 season, and added 116 total assists. King played in 50 or more games eight times in his 11-year Islanders career.
Impact: Hit

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1986: TOM FITZGERALD (17th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: 25 goals, 44 assists, 110 PIM in 205 games
Career NHL stats: 139 goals, 190 assists, 776 PIM in 1,097 games
Fitzgerald bounced between the AHL and NHL his first four years with the Islanders. In 1992-93, he spent the entire season with the club, finishing with nine goals and 18 assists, but was then selected as one of the original Florida Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. His first year in Florida, he doubled his previous year’s goal total, scoring 18 times.
Impact: Miss

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1987: DEAN CHYNOWETH (13th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 2 goals, 10 assists, 408 PIM in 147 games
Career NHL stats: 4 goals, 18 assists, 667 PIM in 241 games
An enforcer, Chynoweth never found a permanent spot with the Islanders, bouncing between the IHL, AHL and NHL. He played 241 games over 10 seasons with the Isles (1988-96) and Bruins (1996-98), scoring just 4 goals and 18 assists, though he did rack up 667 career regular season penalty minutes.
Impact: Miss

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1988: KEVIN CHEVELDAYOFF (16th overall)
Defenseman
Career NHL stats: Did not play
Cheveldayoff never played a game in the NHL in a career cut short by a knee injury. He's the current general manager of the Winnipeg Jets.
Impact: Miss

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1989: DAVID CHYZOWSKI (2nd overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: 15 goals, 16 assists, 138 PIM in 118 games
Career NHL stats: 15 goals, 16 assists, 144 PIM in 126 games
One of the marquee players available in the 1989 draft, Chyzowski played in just 118 games over five seasons with the Islanders. Despite scoring more than 30 goals in a season in the WHL, IHL and AHL, Chyzowski managed just 15 career goals with the Isles.
Impact: Miss

1990: SCOTT SCISSONS (6th overall)
Center
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM in 2 games
Scissons, a center, was taken ahead of Darryl Sydor, Derian Hatcher, Keith Tkachuk and Martin Brodeur; he appeared in just two career NHL games.
Impact: Miss

Credit: AP, 1996

1991: SCOTT LACHANCE (4th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 26 goals, 79 assists, 348 PIM in 450 games.
Career NHL stats: 31 goals, 112 assists, 569 PIM in 819 games.
The Islanders had some bad draft missteps during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Compared to the likes of Scott Scissons, Dave Chyzowski and Kevin Cheveldayoff, Lachance was an All-Star. But compared to what is normally expected of a No. 4 pick, Lachance was a disappointment. He was considered a two-way defenseman who would be a whiz at both ends of the ice. Instead, he was only an average defender and a negligible offensive contributor. He averaged just over 13 points a year in his eight seasons on Long Island.
Impact: Miss

Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill, 1996

1992: DARIUS KASPARAITIS (5th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 6 goals, 40 assists, 439 PIM in 232 games.
Career NHL stats: 27 goals, 136 assists, 1,379 PIM in 863 games.
For five years, “Kasper” terrorized Islander opponents with devastating open ice hits. In 1996, he was traded to Pittsburgh with Andreas Johansson for center Bryan Smolinski. He went onto play another 631 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Colorado and the Rangers. Although it’s a stretch to say he was worth the fifth overall pick, he gave the Islanders some good years and had a decent NHL career.
Impact: Hit

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1993: TODD BERTUZZI (23rd overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: 35 goals, 45 assists, 209 PIM in 192 games.
Career NHL stats: 303 goals, 448 assists, 1,436 PIM in 1,093 games.
The 1990s were the era of the power forward in the NHL, and the Islanders certainly had their shot at getting one. Bertuzzi arrived in 1995 with high expectations, but never managed to improve on a promising rookie season (18 goals and 21 assists). A poor relationship with GM Mike Milbury, who felt Bertuzzi should have played with more toughness, was partly to blame for that. So was the fact that he played on a lousy team. In any case, he was traded in 1998, along with Bryan McCabe, to the Canucks for Trevor Linden. The trade was a disaster, as Linden’s best days were behind him, and Bertuzzi went on to score 40 goals four times in Vancouver.
Impact: Miss

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1994: BRETT LINDROS (9th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 2 goals, 5 assists, 147 PIM in 51 games.
As the younger brother of budding superstar Eric Lindros, Brett was expected to fight, hit and score his way to stardom. But the Islanders never got a chance to see him blossom. After suffering three concussions in two seasons, Lindros was forced to retire in 1996 at 20 years old.
Impact: Miss

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1995: WADE REDDEN (2nd overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: No games played.
Career NHL stats: 106 goals, 344 assists, 654 PIM in 994 games.
Redden never played a game for the Islanders. Saying that he did not think Redden would become a superstar, Isles GM Mike Milbury traded him with holdout Kirk Muller in a three-way deal that sent Redden to Ottawa and Muller to Toronto. In exchange, the Islanders got defenseman Bryan Berard (who was picked by Ottawa first overall in ‘95), Martin Straka and Ken Belanger. If things had worked out differently, that would have been a pretty good trade. Berard won Rookie of the Year honors in 1996 but struggled afterwards and was traded to Toronto for a past-his-prime Felix Potvin in 1999. Straka went on to have a good NHL career, but only after he was waived because Milbury said "I didn't want him in the first place." Redden became a top defenseman for Ottawa until his career disintegrated with the Rangers in the past few years.
Impact: Miss

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1996: J.P. DUMONT (2nd overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders stats: No games played.
Career NHL stats: 214 goals, 309 assists, 364 PIM in 822 games.
The Islanders’ trend of bashing their own prospects under Mike Milbury’s reign continued with Dumont. After he had publicly commented that Dumont may not be tough enough to play in the NHL, Milbury traded him to Chicago in 1998 for center Dmitri Nabokov. Islanders scout Gordie Clark said at the time that Nabokov would have “no problem playing in the league,” but he was out of the NHL by 2000. Dumont, meanwhile, has scored 214 goals with Chicago, Buffalo and Nashville in his 12-year career.
Impact: Miss

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1997: ROBERTO LUONGO (4th overall)
Goaltender
Career Islanders stats: 7-14-1, 3.25 GAA, .904 save percentage in 24 games.
Career NHL stats: 339-283-83, 2.52 GAA, .919 save percentage in 727 games.
Luongo became the first goalie to be taken in the top four picks. The Islanders correctly identified him as a future franchise goalie. But despite those projections, they decided to make Rick DiPietro the “next big thing” in 2000, selecting him with the No. 1 pick and trading Luongo and Olli Jokinen to Florida for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha. It’s a move that has haunted the franchise ever since. DiPietro has suffered repeated injuries, and Parrish and Kvasha never grew into stars. The trade of Luongo was a disaster, but you can’t say his impact on the franchise was a miss.
Impact: Hit

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1997: ERIC BREWER (5th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 5 goals, 8 assists, 52 PIM in 89 games.
Career NHL stats: 65 goals, 145 assists, 618 PIM in 758 games.
Rated as a high-quality stay-at-home defenseman, Brewer’s selection was odd considering the Islanders already had what most people considered a glut of strong blueline prospects (Zdeno Chara, Bryan Berard, Bryan McCabe and Kenny Jonsson among them). By 2000, Brewer had been developing steadily, but Mike Milbury had grown impatient. He dealt Brewer and a second-round pick to Edmonton for rising star Roman Hamrlik, who was good — not great — as the Islanders’ power play quarterback over the next four seasons. Brewer became a well-regarded shutdown defender in Edmonton before moving on to St. Louis and, most recently, Tampa Bay.
Impact: Hit

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1998: MIKE RUPP (9th overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: No games played.
Career NHL stats: 53 goals, 41 assists, 753 PIM in 557 games.
The Islanders expected Rupp to be a John Leclair-type power forward/scoring winger. Though he ended up becoming a little tougher than Leclair, he never developed the 40-goal scorer’s touch around the net, and the Isles declined to sign him. He re-entered the draft in 2000, was selected in the third round by the Devils and went on to score the game-winning goal for New Jersey in Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals. He played for Pittsburgh in the 2010-11 season, scoring nine goals in 81 games.
Impact: Miss

Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill, 2000

1999: TIM CONNOLLY (5th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 24 goals, 51 assists, 86 PIM in 163 games.
Career NHL stats: 131 goals, 300 assists, 300 PIM in 697 games.
The shifty, talented Connolly could stickhandle in a phone booth and pass the puck with the best of ‘em — the problem was getting him to take shots. The Islanders wanted more than the 24 goals in two seasons. When the opportunity to trade for former Selke winner and 20-goal center Michael Peca came along in 2001, Connolly was shipped to Buffalo with Taylor Pyatt. He has gone on to be a consistent double-digit goal scorer and high-quality assist man for the Sabres, although not quite worth of the fifth overall pick.
Impact: Miss

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1999: TAYLOR PYATT (8th overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: 4 goals, 14 assists, 39 PIM in 78 games.
Career NHL stats: 130 goals, 134 assists, 404 PIM in 755 games.
The Islanders’ never-ending quest for a power winger continued with the 6-4, 220-pound Pyatt. He showed flashes of talent in his rookie year, but ended up with four goals in 78 games in his rookie season of 2000-01. Those numbers made it easier to part with him in a trade for Michael Peca the following summer. Since then, he has scored more than 20 goals just once in 10 seasons. He had 18 for Phoenix in 2010-11.
Impact: Miss

Credit: Newsday / Ken Sawchuck

1999: BRANISLAV MEZEI (10th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: 1 goal, 6 assists, 65 PIM in 66 games.
Career NHL stats: 5 goals, 19 assists, 311 PIM in 240 games.
Perhaps enchanted by the potential of future superstar defenseman Zdeno Chara, Mike Milbury spent two of his four 1999 first-round picks on large Slovakian defensemen. The 6-4, 221-pound Mezei, along with 6-6, 229-pound Kristian Kudroc, was an NHL bust. The Islanders traded him to Florida for fellow first-round lemon Jason Wiemer in 2002; both were out of the NHL by 2008.
Impact: Miss

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1999: KRISTIAN KUDROC (28th overall)
Defenseman
Career Islanders stats: No games played.
Career NHL stats: 2 goals, 2 assists, 38 PIM in 24 games.
Expected to become an intimidating physical force, Kudroc was that and little else. The massive defenseman never developed much of an all-around game, and the Islanders dealt him along with Kevin Weekes to Tampa Bay for the 2000 draft pick used to select Raffi Torres. He played just 24 games for the Lightning and was out of the NHL four years after the trade. Since then, he has played mostly in Finland and Sweden.
Impact: Miss

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2000: RICK DiPIETRO (1st overall)
Goaltender
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 130-133-28, 2.86 GAA, .903 save percentage in 315 games.
When you’re the first-ever goalie taken No. 1 overall and your GM dumps the former highest drafted netminder (Roberto Luongo) to make room for you, it’s safe to say that expectations are going to be high. In his first four seasons as a starter, it seemed that the Massachusetts native may actually live up to the hype, going 111-89-5 with a playoff appearance, an all-star appearance and four starts for Team USA in the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2006, he signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract with the Isles. However, in March 2007, DP suffered two concussions which ended his season. After the 2007-08 season, he underwent knee surgery and subsequent problems with swelling would sideline him for the majority of the next three seasons. While the potential was clearly there, injuries have smothered any chance for DiPietro to live up to the original expectations as an Islander.
Impact: Miss

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2000: RAFFI TORRES (5th overall)
Left wing
Career Islanders stats: 0 goals, 6 assists, 16 PIM in 31 games.
Career NHL stats: 127 goals, 110 assists, 473 PIM in 591 games.
Another player with high expectations, Torres scored 78 goals in two seasons in the OHL before being drafted by the Isles. He was never really given a shot to make it as an Islander, however, as he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline in 2003 after playing in just 17 games that season. He would give the Oilers three full seasons in which he notched at least 15 goals each year, including 27 in 2005-06. After two stints with the Blue Jackets and a quick stop in Buffalo, Torres played the 2011-12 season with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Impact: Miss

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2002: SEAN BERGENHEIM (22nd overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 40 goals, 40 assists, 195 PIM in 246 games.
Career NHL stats: 71 goals, 61 assists, 299 PIM in 388 games.
Bergenheim stuck around but never really took it to the next level. He spent five seasons with the Isles while returning to Euro leagues a couple times during that period. He played for the Florida Panthers for the 2011-2012 season.
Impact: Miss

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2003: ROBERT NILSSON (15th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 6 goals, 14 assists, 26 PIM in 53 games.
Career NHL stats: 37 goals, 81 assists, 118 PIM in 252 games.
Drawing comparisons to his father, Kent, who played 10 years in the NHL, Nilsson was pegged as a playmaker who could play any forward position. Although he played well in his debut season with the Isles in 2005-06, it was short-lived. He was part of a trade at the deadline that brought Ryan Smyth to the Island from Edmonton. Nilsson would play four years in Edmonton before being bought out in 2010. He then signed a two-year deal with Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.
Impact: Miss

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2004: PETTERI NOKELAINEN (16th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 PIM in 15 games.
Career NHL stats: 17 goals, 17 assists, 66 PIM in 189 games.
Continuing their trend of Euro-busts, the Isles took the 18-year-old Finn in 2004. Drawing comparisons to Sean Bergenheim (good start?), Nokelainen played 15 games for the team the following season but was not very noticeable. After spending the next season in Bridgeport, he was traded to Boston before the start of the 2007-08 season . There he played parts of two seasons with the Bruins before being traded to Anaheim, and then Phoenix. After being released by the Coyotes in 2010, he returned to Finland to play for Jokerit in SM-liiga.
Impact: Miss

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2005: RYAN O’MARRA (15th overall)
Center
Career Islanders stats: No games played.
Career NHL stats: 1 goal, 6 assists, 17 PIM in 33 games.
Being born in Tokyo, Japan, to Canadian parents, O’Marra’s past is far more interesting than his NHL career to date. The two-way center was touted as “NHL ready” right out of the gate, but this turned out to be a false prophecy. For the majority of five seasons, the Japanese-Irish-Canadian bounced from affiliate to affiliate in the minors. In 2007, he joined fellow former first-rounder Robert Nilsson in a trade to Edmonton in exchange for Ryan Smyth. He finished the 2011-12 season with the Anaheim Ducks.
Impact: Miss

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2006: KYLE OKPOSO (7th overall)
Right wing
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 68 goals, 93 assists, 158 PIM in 271 games.
The Minnesota native was praised by Isles scouts as powerful and tenacious and, after finshing out his college career at Minnesota, he debuted in the NHL at the end of the 2007-08 season with five points in nine games. His production steadily increased over the next two seasons. But during the 2010-11 preseason, Okposo suffered a shoulder injury that sidelined him for more than half the year. He returned for 38 games in the second half and scored five goals, along with 15 assists. In 2011-12, Okposo totaled 45 points in 79 games.
Impact: Hit

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2008: JOSH BAILEY (9th overall)
Center
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 47 goals, 73 assists, 103 PIM in 291 games.
The Islanders traded down twice in the 2008 draft to pick Bailey. The Ontario-born forward started in the NHL almost immediately, playing in 68 games during the 2008-09 season. Over four years, Bailey has consistently, posted about 30 points per season. But the Islanders were clearly expecting more than that when they drafted him, and the real answer to the question of hit or miss will not be known until Bailey is able to take it to the next level, or stay forever in the role-player position.
Impact: Miss (so far)

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2009: JOHN TAVARES (1st overall)
Center
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 84 goals, 118 assists, 101 PIM in 243 games.
Touted as the most complete forward to enter the draft since Sidney Crosby, Tavares was well-known long before the start of his NHL career. At age 14, he became the youngest player ever drafted in OHL history. After being drafted in the NHL, Tavares immediately started at the pro level, playing a full 82-game season. He finished second in the league in rookie scoring with 54 points. In 2010-11, he increased his production to 67 points, then emerged as an elite NHLer in 2011-12, finishing with 31 goals and 50 assists. Tavares, 21, will play one of the most important roles in an Islander rebuilding effort.
Impact: Hit

Credit: Jim McIsaac

2010: NINO NIEDERREITER (5th overall)
Center
Career Islanders/NHL stats: 2 goals, 1 assist, 20 PIM in 64 games.
On Oct. 9, 2010, Niederreiter became the youngest player in franchise history to make his NHL debut (at 18 years, 1 month and 1 day). After nine games, the Swiss-born winger was sent down to the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL for the rest of the season. In 55 games, he notched 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points, fueling excitement over his future potential. Niederreiter got a chance with the Isles in 2011-12, but managed just one point in 55 games.
Impact: TBA

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2011: RYAN STROME (5th overall)
Center
Career Islanders/NHL stats: No games played
Strome has shown promise in the minors, tallying 106 points (33 goals, 73 assists) with the OHL's Niagara Ice Dogs in 2010-11, then 68 points in 46 games in the minors in 2011-12. Just 18 years old, the Islanders may look to develop Strome further before calling him up.
Impact: TBA

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