The New York Islanders were founded in 1972 and since there inception, have been either really good, or really bad. However, the Islanders are most known for one particular period of time from the late 70's to the early 1980's, in which they assembled one of the greatest hockey teams of all time. Ken Morrow, Gord Lane, Bob Nystrom, Brian Trottier, and Mike Bossy. This group of players led t he Islanders to five straight division championships- 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, and 1982, six straight conference championships- 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983.
The most impressive feat was the four straight Stanley Cups- 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983. However since those days, the only have one division title to their credit- 1988, and over the last several decades, have been one of the NHL's lower-half teams. That has started to change though in recent times. The Islanders have done a remarkable job of assembling a good young roster the last few years.
The Islanders finished the 2014-2015 regular season this year with 101 points, tied for the fifth best record in the NHL Eastern Conference. They began the playoffs as the three seed in the lower half of the Eastern Conference bracket. Still, the future is pointing up for the Islanders.
The New York Islanders had a good 2015-2016 season. The team finished the season with exactly 100 points, which gave them the five seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They were matched up with the Florida Panthers in round one, and defeated them in six games. In round two, the New York was matched up with the Tampa Bay Lightening and lost the series in five games. During the off season they extended center Casey Cizikas on a seven-year contract. The Islanders went on the free agent market looking for a forward, and they hooked one of the best as they picked up Andrew Ladd in free agency on a seven-year contract. In the draft, the team added center Kieffer Bellows in round one from the United Stated U-18 team. These moves looked good at the time, but this season has not been kind to the franchise. So far this season, New York has just 18 points, good for last place in the Eastern Conference.