Mike Milbury Sucks

By , March 14, 2009 12:17 pm

This is just a breakdown of all of Milbury’s picks from the 3rd Round on since his first draft in 96. Most teams occasionly find someone, but Milbury managed to not draft a single star in the late rounds.

1996 Draft
Round 3
Pick #56

Zdeno Chara

This talented and huge defenseman was a key piece in Ottawa and is basically helping to carry Boston now. Spent most of his time on the Island in Milbury’s doghouse.

Games for Islanders: 231
Games for Others:  525

Solid pick, ended up being a throw-away in the Yashin deal.

Round 4
Pick #83

Tyrone Garner
Goalie, played 3 games for Calgary in the NHL. Managed a .838 save percentage in those games. Was part of the trade for Robert Reichel trade.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Others: 3

Round 5
Pick #109

Andrew “Bubba” Berenzweig
Traded for a 4th round pick which became Johan Halvardsson.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Others: 37

Pick #129

Petr Sachl
Never made the NHL, traded for 9th round pick which became Tomi Pettinen

No NHL Games

Round 6
Pick #138

Todd Miller
Never made the NHL, Never traded

No NHL Games

Round 7
Pick #165

J.R. Prestifilippo
Never made the NHL, Never Traded.

No NHL Games

Round 8
Pick #192

Evgeny Korolev
Drafted twice by the Islanders, played 42 games for them before going back to Russia

Games for Islanders: 42
Games for Other: 0

Round 9
Pick #219

Mike Muzechka
Never Played for the Isles, Never Traded. Actually returned to College a few years after being drafted.

No NHL Games

1997 Draft
Round 3
Pick #59

Jarrett Smith
Never Played for Isles, Never Traded.

No NHL Games

Pick #79

Robert Schnabel
Never played for Isles. Re-entered the draft in 1998 and was picked in the 5th round.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Other: 22

Round 4
Pick #85

Petr Mika
Played 3 games for the Isles before returning to Europe

Games for Islanders: 3
Games for Others: 0

Round 5
Pick #115

Adam Edinger
Never Played for the Isles, Never traded. Interestingly enough this was the pick that Milbury got for an “over the hill” Derek King who went on to have a few more good seasons left in him.

No NHL Games

Round 6
Pick #139

Bobby Leavins
Never Played for the Isles. Returned to College after a few years in the Minors.

No NHL Games

Round 7
Pick #166

Kris Knoblauch
Never played for the Isles. Returned to College after a few years in the Minors.

No NHL Games

Round 8
Pick #196

Jeremy Symington
Never played for the Isles, Never traded.

No NHL Games

Round 9
Pick #222

Ryan Clark

Never Played for the Isles, Never traded.

No NHL Games

1998 Draft
Round 4

Pick #95

Andy Burnham
Never Played for the Isles, Never traded.

No NHL Games

Round 5
Pick #123

Jiri Dopita
Milbury knew him from his time as a Boston Bruins prospect. Never played for the Islanders, Never traded. Was originally a Round 6 pick in 1992.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Others: 73

Round 6
Pick #155

Kevin Clauson
Barely managed to make an ECHL team. Never played for Isles, Never traded.

No NHL Games

Round 8
Pick #209

Frederik Brind’Amour
Never played for Isles, Never Traded.

No NHL Games

Round 9
Pick #237

Ben Blais
Never Played for Isles, Never Traded.

No NHL Games

Pick #242

Jason Doyle
Never Played for the Isles, Never Traded. Also another former Bruin draftee that had been pick in the 3rd Round in 96.

No NHL Games

Pick #250

Radek Matejovsky
Never Played for the Isles. Never left Europe.

No NHL Games

1999 Draft
Round 3

Pick #78

Mattias Weinhandl
Played for the Isles, now playing in Europe.

Games for Islanders: 155
Games for Others: 27

Pick #87

Brian Collins
Never played for Isles, Never traded.

No NHL Games

Round 4
Pick #101

Juraj Kolnik
Made the Islanders, was part of the trade for Sven Butenschon.

Games for Islanders: 36
Games for Others: 204

Pick #102

Johan Halvardsson
Played all but 8 games in Europe. The rights for this pick were part of the trade for Andrew “Bubba” Berenzweig.

No NHL Games

Round 5
Pick #130

Justin Mapletoft
Managed to make the Isles AHL affiliate, and the Isles themselves for a handful of games.

Games for Islanders: 38
Games for Others: 0

Pick #140

Adam Johnson
Only Played 3 pro seasons, and then disappeared.

No NHL Games.

Round 6
Pick #163

Bjorn Melin
Played Three games for the Ducks. Was traded by the Isles for David Roche.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Others: 3

Round 8
Pick #228

Radek Martinek
Still playing for the Islanders today. Steady defenseman.

Games for Islanders: 359
Games for Others: 0

Round 9
Pick #255

Brett Henning
Son of long term Isles Assistant Coach Lorne Henning. Injury ended career early.

No NHL Games

Pick #268

Tyler Scott
Something of a Mainstay in the ECHL. Not traded by Isles.

No NHL Games.

2000 Draft
Round 4
Pick #101

Arto Tukio
Never left Europe, Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Pick #105

Vladimir Gorbunov
Never left Europe. Part of trade for Kevin Weekes.

No NHL Games

Round 5
Pick #136

Dmitry Upper
Never Left Europe. No Trades.

No NHL Games.

Pick #148

Kristoffer Ottosson
Never left Europe.  Part of the trade for Mikeal Andersson.

No NHL Games

Round 7
Pick #202

Ryan Caldwell
Part of the trade for Eric Boguniecki.

Games for Islanders: 2
Games for Other: 2

Round 9
Pick #264

Dmitri Altarev
Never left Europe. Not Traded.

No NHL Games.

Pick #267

Tomi Pettinen
This was the pick the Islanders got for Sachl.

Games for Islanders: 24
Games for other: 0

2001 Draft
Round 4

Pick #101

Cory Stillman
Never made the NHL, Never traded.

No NHL Games

Round 5
Pick #132

Dusan Salficky
Never made the NHL, Never Traded.

No NHL Games

Round 6
Pick #166

Andy Chiodo
Appearently never signed by the Isles. Was drafted in Round 7 in 2003 by the Penguins.

Games for Islanders: 0
Games for Others: 8

Round 7
Pick #197

Jan Holub
Never left Europe, Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 8
Pick #228

Mike Bray
Never made the Isles, No Trades

No NHL Games.

Round 9
Pick #260

Bryan Perez
Never made the Isles, No Trades.

No NHL Games

Pick #280

Roman Kukhtinov
Never left Europe, No Trades

No NHL Games

Pick #287

Juha-Pekka Ketola
Never made the NHL. The rights to this pick were part of the Terrerri for Beezer trade.

No NHL Games

2002 Draft
Round 3
Pick #87

Frans Nielsen
Borderline NHL talent, has been back and forth with Bridgeport and the Islanders. Still on Islanders today.

Games for Islanders: 76
Games for Others: 0

Round 5
Pick #149

Markus Pahlsson
No stats exist. No Trades.

No NHL Games

Round 6
Pick #189

Alexei Stonkus
Never left Europe. No Trades

No NHL Games

Round 7
Pick #220

Brad Topping
Played a few seasons in the Minors before returning to school. No Trades.

No NHL Games

Round 8
Pick #252

Martin Chabada
Played all but two seasons in Europe. Is in Europe still today. No Trades

No NHL Games

Round 9
Pick #283

Per Braxenholm
Never left Europe, No Trades.

No NHL Games.

2003 Draft
Round 4
Pick #120

Stefan Blaho
Never made it past the OHL, is no longer playing. No Trades.

No NHL Games.

Round 6
Pick #182

Bruno Gervais
Still on Islanders today. Steady but unremarkable defenseman.

Games for Islanders: 193
Games for Others: 0

Round 7
Pick #212

Denis Rehak
In Europe today, not likely to come back. Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 8
Pick #238

Cody Blanshan
Continues to bounce between the ECHL and CHL. Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 8
Pick #246

Igor Volkov
Never left Europe. Not Traded.

No NHL Games.

2004 Draft
Round 3
Pick #82

Probably staying in Europe now. Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 4
Pick #115

Wes O’Neill
Playing in the AHL now. Was not traded. Not listed at Hockeys future.

No NHL Games.

Round 5
Pick #148

Steven Regier
Bouncing between the AHL and NHL. Currently propety of the Blues.

Games for Islanders: 18
Games for Others: 8

Round 6
Pick #179

Jaroslav Mrazek
Likely staying close to home in the Czech league. Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 7
Pick#210

Emil Axelsson
Never left Europe, Not traded.

No NHL Games.

Round 7
Pick #227

Chris Campoli
Probably the best of the late round selections by Milbury. Especially since this pick was gotten in exchange for Mattias Timander. Unfortunately Campoli requested a trade in the weeks leading up to the 2009 trade deadline and is no longer an Islander.

Games for Islanders: 228
Games for Others: 10

Round 8
Pick #244

Jason Pitton
Playing in the AHL currently. Still in the organaztion, but is given a D rating on the ability to make the Isles.

No NHL Games.

Round 9
Pick #276

Sylvain Michaud
Returned to College the last two years. Not traded but not likely to make it.

No NHL Games.

2005 Draft
Round 3

Pick #76

Shea Guthrie
Still in college. Not traded. Rated a D by Hockey’s future.

No NHL Games.

Round 5
Pick #144

Masi Marjamaki
Another former Bruin pick. Was a 2nd round pick in 2002. Back home playing in Finland and unlikely to return.

No NHL Games.

Round 6
Pick #180

Tyrell Mason
Still in college. Via Hockey’s future, he’s considered to have a fifty fifty chance of becoming a 5-6 or 7 defenseman.

No NHL Games

Round 7
Pick #196

Nick Tuzzolino
Bouncing around the Minors. Is not listed as a prospect. Has not been traded.

No NHL Games

Pick #210

Luciano Aquino
Bouncing around Minors and Italy. Is not listed as a prospect but has not been traded.

No NHL Games.

From the 3rd round on between 1996 and 2005 the Islanders selected 71 players. Here’s how they break down.

Never played an NHL Game: 54
Never played an NHL Season (ie: played less then 82 games in career): 12
Still on Islanders: 3 (including Chris Campobli)
Amount of Games Played for Islanders: 1356
Average Games Played For Islanders Per Pick: 19.1
Amount of Games Played for Other NHL Teams: 922
Average Amount of Games Played  For Other NHL Teams Per Pick: 12.9
Total Games Played:  2278
Average Amount of NHL Games Per Pick:  32

Some of these stats don’t look too bad for late round picks. But if you remove Chara’s numbers from the Other NHL Team totals here’s how it looks.

Total Other NHL Games Played: 397
Average Other NHL Games Played Per Pick: 5.6

What this shows is that basically the rest of the league tended to ignore Islanders prospects. You can blame the Scouts, but in the end it is Milbury’s job. If the scouts were this pourous then he needed to fire them. This is why you can’t take Milbury’s talent analysis seriously. You also have to question his decisions to double draft players who had previously been drafted by the Bruins. Someone in the organaztion also wanted Europeans, who appearently hadn’t been asked if they would like to come to North American and give American style hockey a try.

Obviously not everyone drafted between Round three and Round Nine is going to be a superstar. But at the very least you have to hope to draft some depth for your organaztion. Also some players who in the future will be tradeable to teams that need depth. The inability of the Islanders to draft any All-Star outside of Zdeno Chara (who was a 3rd rounder) and only manage two solid players (Campobli and Gervais) is the reason that the Islanders continue to struggle today. The good teams will draft good average players in these rounds. The Devils have a plethora of late round picks who have become all-stars.

This is why when Milbury talks about todays talent and says a player is awful you have to just laugh at him. From all signs and signals, Milbury couldn’t touch NHL talent with a ten foot pole.

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4 Responses to “Mike Milbury Sucks”

  1. Art Feeney says:

    Brilliant. The worst in history of any sport. Big statement but no one ever the quality #1 picks this 34rd rated had. I’ll never forgive Wang for giving him another 5 year contract.

    Was involved with the Save The Islanders Coalition. Met with Wang right after he bought the team. We talked about everything (there were 4 of us), but when we brought up Milbury…he said “No talking about the GM. Mike is off the table.” I knew we were in big trouble then.

    3 years later my son met him and got on him about Milbury. All Wang kept saying over and over was “Give Mike a chance.” Finally, my son(no kid in his 30s) told him some of his horrible moves to which Wang said “I have absolutely no idea what Meke did before I got here.”

    That said it all. I firmly believe Wang never let him but MM wanted out.

    By the way, at Wang’s recent Lighthouse Rally Wang was dumb enough to bring up Milbury’s name. He STILL tried to defend the guy but was shouted down each time he mentioned his name. If Snow winds up being a good GM & we become a contender it will be sheer luck not because of Wang.

    Pat LaFontaine quit because of the following, He told Wang not to fire Smith. When Wang insisted that he was going to do it, LaFontaine told he couldn’t give the job to Snow because he had no experience. Wang said Snow was his guy. LaFonataine then asked “Why do you have me as an advisor if you won’t listen to me?” Wang placated him, bu LaFontaine left him with this.

    I’m flying up to Buffalo for tonight’s game. Whatever you do do not fire Smith and promote Snow in the same day. The team will be a laughing stock. Take a breather wait a few days.” Wang agreed. When Lafontaine got to Buffalo and found that Wang had fired Smith & hired Snow a few hours later, he called Wang & quit.

    Isles still painting the Okposo fantasy. We got this from our guy who knows tons of scouts and was on the draft floor when this happened. The Isles scouts decided on Peter Mueller (not a bad pick). Smith told them to pick Okposo. Milbury head scout (forget his name starts with a T I think) told Smith Mueller was the guy the committee decided on. Smith said “I’m the GM we’re taking Okposo.” The head scout reported this to Wang and Wang went ballistic on Smith for not running Okposo thru the committee. That was the beginning of the end for Smith.

    To this day Isles spin it the other way. Smith wanted Mueller and was overruled by the scouts who took Okposo. Smith then bitched to Wang & was on his way out. Smith thought he would take the job and ignore the committee Wang set up and eventually convince him that the GM had to have the final say. I could have told Snow Wang does not work that way. Saw that as a CA stockholder. Wang does what he wants loves to go the opposite way he is advised to prove people wrong. It then becomes his way or the highway. That’s why when things started to go bad at CA he had a lot of sockholders (33%) who wanted him gone. It’s not presidential election. If a CEO has even 10% of stockholders wanting him out everyone knows something is wrong.

    Great Job on Milbury.

  2. Fart Feeney says:

    Shut up Fart, you are a nobody!

  3. Mark D says:

    You sir, are a legend among men. How dare I challenge the greatness of Fart Feeny.

  4. Kev says:

    Art has pretty much summed up, how I feel about this. There’s no need for me to add anything.

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