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Geico Top 15 Greatest Islanders: 3-1

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

We asked you to vote on your choice for the greatest player in Islanders history. The votes are in and now is counting down the top 15 players in team history.

Denis Potvin is arguably one of the greatest defensemen to every play the game and has the hardware to back it up. Potvin won three Norris Trophies (best defenseman), the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year), but most importantly, captained the Islanders to four straight Stanley Cups. Potvin could do it all, scoring 1052 points (310 goals, 742 assists) in 1060 games, while also playing with a snarl, racking up 1,356 penalty minutes. He is one of three Islanders to score 1,000 points and is second all-time in assists and games played. Potvin was a three-time 30-goal scorer and set a career high with 101 points (31 goals, 70 assists) in the 1978-79 season, the only Islanders’ defenseman to score 100 points in a season. He scored an additional 164 points (56 goals, 108 assists) in 185 playoff games, ranking second all-time in Isles history. Potvin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

Bryan Trottier is the franchise leader in points (1,353), assists (853), games played (1,123) and his 500 Islanders goals trail only Mike Bossy. Trottier also led the Islanders in playoff scoring, netting 170 points (64 goals, 106 assists) in 175 games, en route to four straight Stanley Cups. His resume includes the Hart, Art Ross (scoring leader), King Clancy (on-and-off ice leadership) and Calder Trophies, as well as a Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP. Trottier scored 100 points six times, including five straight seasons from 1977-82. His career high was 134 points (47 goals, 87 assists) in 1978-79 and he finished his career with 1,425 points, making him the 10th highest-scoring center in NHL history. Trottier was a gamebreaker, scoring a record six points in one period on Dec. 23, 1978 against the Rangers – finishing the game with eight points, another Isles record. Trottier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Mike Bossy’s career didn’t have the longevity of Trottier or Potvin, but no Islanders’ star shone brighter than Bossy. He’s the greatest goal scorer to ever play the game, scoring an NHL record .762 goals-per-game. Bossy scored 50 goals in nine straight seasons and eclipsed 60 five times, en route to a franchise record 573 goals. He became the second player in NHL history – and first in 35 years – to score 50 goals in 50 games. Bossy also led the Islanders in playoff goal scoring, netting 85 in 129 playoff games. His resume also includes three Lady Byng Trophies, the 1977-78 Rookie of the Year and a Conn Smythe Winner Trophy in 1982. Bossy is one of three Islanders to score 1,000 points and his 1126 points – in 752 games – trails only Trottier. He scored 39 career hat tricks and when his career ended, the NHL tipped its hat to him, inducting into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

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