New York Islanders fifth overall draft in 2010 Nino Niederreiter was traded from the Minnesota Wild to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week. With Nino on the move lets take a look back at the Isles 2010 draft and where the Isles six picks are now.
With Nino Niederreiter on the move in a trade between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Minnesota Wild and now fresh in our minds we thought we’d look back at the 2010 NHL draft where the New York Islanders selected him fifth overall. We know where Nino is now, but what about the rest of the Islanders draft class that season?
The Islanders got the opportunity to draft fifth thanks to a terrible 34-37-11 record for 79 points. They finished 13 out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference and 26th in the entire NHL. Not even selecting John Tavares first overall the previous season could change the Islanders woes.
Leading up to the draft the Islanders held a first round pick (fifth overall), two second round picks (San Jose’s from the Andy Sutton trade), two thirds, a fifth and a seventh. That’s seven picks. They’d leave with six as two second rounder’s would become a first.
It what is now a Garth Snow classic, he flipped two second round picks to a team with multiple firsts. In 2010 that team was the Chicago Blackhawks who received the Islanders and Sharks (35th and 58th overall) for their 30th overall pick. With those six picks the Islanders took: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall), Brock Nelson (30th overall), Kirill Kabanov (65th overall), Jason Clark (82nd overall), Tony DeHart (5th round), and Cody Rosen (7th round). Where are they now?