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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 10 New York Islanders of All Time

Top 10 New York Islanders of All Time

Top 10 Islanders of All Time!
Publish Date: 02/07/2023
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10) John Tonelli

Tonelli was a winger on the Islanders from 1978 until 1986. He played for all four Stanley Cup champion Islanders teams and even had a 100-point season during his 1984-1985 campaign. In 594 games played with the Isles, Tonelli scored 544 points.

Video: John Tonelli Sportschannel highlight package

John Tonelli Sportschannel highlight package

9) Pat LaFontaine

Lafontaine became out of the best offensive forces for the New York Islanders in team history. He was better than a point-per-game player with 566 points in 533 career games played for the Islanders.

Video: Memories: LaFontaine scores game-winner in fourth OT

Memories: LaFontaine scores game-winner in fourth OT

8) Brent Sutter

Sutter was with the team during two of the four Stanley Cup championships and was a natural leader. He became the captain after Denis Potvin. Sutter finished with 610 points in 694 career games with the Islanders.

Video: 1982 NY Islanders Brent Sutter Hockey Night in Canada Profile

1982 NY Islanders Brent Sutter Hockey Night in Canada Profile

7) Bob Bourne

Bourne scored 50 or more points during the regular season on six separate occasions, but one of his most significant contributions came in the 1983 seasons as he tallied 28 points in 20 games and led the Stanley Cup champion Isles in scoring.

Video: Bob Bourne Highlight Reel

Bob Bourne Highlight Reel

6) Clark Gilles

Gillies had six 30-goal seasons and three 70-point seasons, Gillies was one of the most prolific scorers in Islander History.

Video: A Tribute To Clark Gillies

A Tribute To Clark Gillies

5) Bobby Nystrom

Nystrom had 513 points in 900 career games with the Islanders. He was a physically aggressive forward who wasn’t afraid to drop the gloves and get into a fight.

Video: January 18 2023 Bruins at Islanders Bobby Nystrom Night Pregame Video Tribute

January 18 2023 Bruins at Islanders Bobby Nystrom Night Pregame Video Tribute

4) Billy Smith

As far as Islander goaltenders, nobody is even close to Smith. Smith had 304 wins and a 3.16 GAA in 17 seasons with the Islanders. Now, those don’t sound like mind-blowing stats but in the postseason Smith was dominant, Smith was an astounding 57-13 with goals-against averages of 2.80, 2.54, 2.52, and 2.68, respectively.

Video: Billy Smith was goalie on Islanders 1980s dynasty

Billy Smith was goalie on Islanders 1980s dynasty

3) Bryan Trottier

In 15 seasons with the Islanders, Trottier had four seasons of 40 or more goals and six seasons with 100 or more points.

Video: Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams

Bryan Trottier was mainstay on six Cup-winning teams

2) Mike Bossy

Bossy had nine consecutive seasons where he scored 50 or more goals and could have provided Wayne Gretzky with some significant competition if his back had held up. Bossy scored at least 50 goals every year and registered at least 90 points. With 100 or more points in seven of his nine years with the Islanders.

Video: Remembering Mike Bossy, Islanders Legend & Hockey Hall Of Famer

Remembering Mike Bossy, Islanders Legend & Hockey Hall Of Famer

1) Denis Potvin

Potvin delivered crushing hits and ranks second in team history in games played. In addition with 1,052 points in 1,060 games, Potvin was almost a point-per-game player as a defenseman. Bobby Orr is the only defenseman in NHL history to have a better rate than Potvin.

Video: Denis Potvin was captain of Islanders 1980s dyansty

Denis Potvin was captain of Islanders 1980s dyansty

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