It's easy to look at the Islanders roster year after year and pick out a few names and say "These guys stink" or "Snow couldn't get anyone better than that?" And nobody would blame you, because well...we are Islanders fans.

But it's easy to overlook the story behind some of these players. We look past how they might be feeling, or what it took for them to get to this point in the hockey world.

Two of those guys, who keep inching closer and closer to getting a legitimate chance in the NHL, are forward Colin McDonald and defenseman Jon Landry. Both are in their late 20's, and neither have had a real shot at sticking with an NHL club, until now.

But while they may be at the same point in their hockey careers, both players took much different paths to get here.