Monday, March 10, 2014
This next spot may be controversial.
This team had a dozen losing seasons and in eleven of those they finished in the bottom five of the league and this is in the Bettman league, not the 1970s. Amazingly terrible. Whenever anybody points to the Nordiques or Pens and says REBUILD GOOD this club is the automatic counterpoint as despite all of this losing they still suck.
Why aren't they ranked higher? Because the twelve seasons are actually two sets of season, one of seven and one of five and they are divided by a five season period in which they made the playoffs four times. They did not win a series (and in total only six games) but they were in the playoffs.
So why not run them as two separate groups? Because its the New York Islanders, the Mike Milbury and Garth Snow Islanders and while they could be divided into two separate entities the fact that this is the rebuild that never ends deserves to be treated as a full body of work.
New York Islanders (1995 - today) (lol)
Length - 19 seasons
Losing Seasons - 13 (including this one)
Bottom 5 in the League - 11 (probably 12 after this season)
Last Overall - 2
Worst Season - 2000/2001 21 wins for 52 points
Playoff Appearances - 5
Playoff Wins - 8
Weirdness - Where to start. The team was sold to a guy who had less money in the bank than me (I have very little money in the bank). If you include John Spano (you really have to as its the most Mickey Mouse story in the Mickey Mouse history of the Mickey Mouse NHL) then the team has had four owners during this span and the latest is Charles Wang. Mike Milbury was the GM forever and his replacement is Garth Snow. Oh between them was Neil Smith, who was GM for a month. There was the Fishsticks logo. There were the thirteen coaches, including two stints by Milbury himself. The Rick DiPietro contract. Oh and apparently both Milbury and Snow each offered up all of their draft picks to a team in order to move up in the draft.
The Good - There were the drafts. In the first go round the Isles drafted Wade Redden, JP Dumont, Zdeno Chara, Roberto Luongo, Eric Brewer, Tim Connollly, Taylor Pyatt and Raffi Torres, all guys who went on to long NHL careers, a couple who will be in the Hall of Fame.
The Bad - They traded all of those guys plus Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan McCabe plus the second overall pick who would become Jason Spezza. ALL OF THEM!!
The Good - In their second stint in the basement they have drafted John Tavares, Nino Niederreiter, Ryan Strome, Travis Hamonic and a number of other promising youngsters.
The Bad - They have already traded Niederreiter after botching his development. They did get Cal Clutterbuck for him though. Lol.
The Good - Tavares is a kid and is one of the best players in the league already.
The Bad - They used their other number one pick overall on Rick Dipietro. And they gave him a fifteen year contract.
The Really Bad - THE ISLES HAVE HAD MORE TOP FIVE DRAFT PICKS THAN PLAYOFF WINS (11-8) AND LOOK TO ADD ANOTHER THIS YEAR. AND NOT ONE OF THOSE PICKS WAS A BUST. THEY ALL HAVE GONE ONTO LENGTHY CAREERS!!
The End Game - We don't know yet. The first seven years resulted in a grand total of six playoff wins. The next five years have resulted in two and the team is in the basement again this season. They are unreal bad.
Why They Aren't Ranked Higher - I can't ignore that playoff run in the middle of this shitshow, especially in a thirty team league.
What We Have Learned - When Mike Milbury opens his mouth on TV hit the mute button. He is the man most responsible for this disaster, nothing he says will help you understand anything about hockey or winning.
Posted by Black Dog at 8:41 PM