There ain't no post-season for the New York Islanders this time around.  The Isles will be missing the playoffs for the first time in league history.

Game 81 has been played and going into the draft lottery, the New York Islanders trail only the Anaheim Ducks in the race for the #1 pick.

The lowly Ducks have 51 points while the Islanders managed only 57 with one game left in this NEFHL season.  Rounding out the bottom 5, the Avs have 60, Oilers 68 and the Pens 69.

This has been a season of great change in Uniondale, Long Island.  Heading into the season, the Isles dealt a few veteran players in an attempt to get younger and add draft picks.

Beginning with the trade of the franchise's #1 overall pick, Ilya Kovalchuk, to the Wasington Capitals, the Isles went on to deal Erik Ersberg, Richard Park, Jamie Lundmark, Scottie Upshall, Bryan Allen, Zdeno Chara, Hal Gill, Rick DiPietro, Ben Guite, Radek Dvorak and Jose Theodore as they accumulated a boatload of 2011 and 2012 draft picks.

In the 2011 draft, the Isles have 12 picks in the first 5 rounds, including both their own and the Caps first rounders.  The Caps will finish 6th from the bottom and should deliver a solid first round pick to the Islanders.  Here is the list of 2011 picks that presently sit in the Isles closet:  NYI 1, WSH 1, TAM 2, STL 2, NYI 3, DET 3, NYI 4, NSH 4, VAN 4, NYI 5, TAM 5, PHO 5, PIT 6, NYI 6, SAN 7, WSH 7, NYI 7, PIT 8, NYI 8.

2012 should also be a solid draft for the Isles with three first rounders and another 5 picks in rounds 2 and 3.

The only major stumbling block appears to be the poor entry drafting history of the Islanders front office.  This time around, however, the Isles will call upon the respected prospect-hound and beer supplier AGM Ryan Yessie in using all those selections.