Being an avid hockey card collector, I happened to notice that many now famous players were suited up in Islanders jerseys early on in their careers but are famous for playing on other teams.
It seems as though the Islanders have been pretty deft year after year at the entry drafts, especially after selecting such names as Denis Potvin '73, Bryan Trottier in '74 and Mike Bossy in '77 (ever heard of them??).
However, New York has also selected some All-Star talent and watched them leave to bigger and better things in other markets. Some have won Stanley Cups, and others have won major NHL trophies. All while donning the jerseys of teams that didn't draft them.
So here's the list of players the Islanders either missed out on or let go too early.