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Geico Top 15 Greatest Islanders: 9-7

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.

Ziggy Palffy was a force in his six seasons with the Islanders, scoring 331 points (168 goals, 163 assists) in 331 games. Palffy’s best seasons were from 1995-98, when he scored over 40 goals and 87 points each year, culminating with his 48-goal, 90-point season in 1996-97. The Slovakian sniper was synonymous with the Islanders “Fisherman” years and is 17th all-time in Islanders’ scoring, as he was leapfrogged by John Tavares earlier this season. Palffy also scored at least a point-per-game during his time in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh, finishing his 12-year NHL career with 713 points (329 goals, 384 assists) in 684 games.

Pierre Turgeon was a highly-regarded NHLer in his 20-year career, but he was at his best in orange and blue. Turgeon scored 340 points (147 goals, 193 assists) in 255 games with the Islanders, the highest points-per-game average of his career (1.33). He also scored more goals (147) with the Islanders than any of the other five teams he played for. Turgeon’s best season was in 1992-93, scoring 58 goals and 132 points. That year he also scored 13 points in 11 post-season games against the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. Turgeon’s 132-point season is the third-best single season in Islanders’ history, trailing only Mike Bossy (147 in 1981-82) and Bryan Trottier (134 in 1978-79). Turgeon is 15th in Islanders’ all-time scoring and won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1993.

LaFontaine scored 566 points (287 goals, 279 assists) in 530 games for the Islanders, taking the torch from Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier as the Islanders’ top offensive threat. LaFontaine became the first player not named Bossy or Trottier to lead the Islanders in scoring in 10 years, when he notched 92 points in 1987-88. LaFontaine led the Islanders in goals and points for four straight seasons; his best statistical year coming in 1989-90, when he scored 54 goals and 105 points. The Hockey Hall of Famer is sixth in Islanders’ all-time scoring. LaFontaine played seven more seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, netting 1013 points (468 goals, 545 assists) in 865 games over his 15-year career.
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