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NYI TOP 10: Individual Seasons

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
In this edition of NYI Top 10, the greatest individual efforts over a season are honored. With 35 seasons in the books there were many to choose from. Here are the Top 5, with no players repeated

By John Hill

Glenn Resch
5. Glenn Resch (1975-76) - Glenn “Chico” Resch spent eight years with the Islanders. His best season undoubtedly was in 1975-76. In Resch’s third season in the NHL – first as a starter – he cemented his career as a top netminder with a bang. Resch, over 44 games, was an impressive 23-11-8. He recorded a fantastic .927 save percentage, along with an Islanders season record 2.07 goals against average. Additionally, Resch achieved another team record by posting seven shutouts. On the year he stopped 1,123 shots and recorded one assist.

Pierre Turgeon
4. Pierre Turgeon (1992-93) - The 1992-93 season marked a return to the playoffs for the Islanders after a two year absence. Turgeon’s play was a leading reason for the team’s resurgence. Turgeon led the Islanders in every major statistical category that year, setting career highs in goals (58), assists (74) and points (132).  In the playoffs, Turgeon’s production didn’t dwindle, added six goals and seven assists to his totals, helping to bring the Islanders all the way to the conference finals, after miraculously upsetting Mario Lemieux’s Presidents' Trophy Penguins in seven games. The Isles fell in the conference finals to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Montreal Canadiens, but the season was a phenomenal one already. Turgeon ultimately won the Lady Byng Trophy, and was tied for fifth in the league in points.

Denis Potvin
3. Denis Potvin (78-79) - In 1978-79, the Islanders were on the brink of greatness, and Islanders star defenseman Denis Potvin was right in the middle of it. That year, Potvin would set team records for goals, assists, and points by a defenseman. Potvin would also score the fastest three goals in team history by a defenseman, when he scored a hat trick in 3:21 against Toronto. Even though he played defense, Potvin was still seventh in the league in points (101) and was selected as a starter to the all-star game. His 31 goals, 70 assists and +58, coupled with his prowess as a well-rounded defensive player led to his second of three Norris Trophies.

Bryan Trottier
2. Bryan Trottier (1978-79) - In the same season defenseman Denis Potvin set Islanders records for his position, Bryan Trottier was establishing his own standard of greatness amongst centers. Trots, in the 1978-79 season, was one of three Islanders—along with Potvin and Mike Bossy—to finish in the top ten in league scoring. However, Trottier round himself at the top of the pack that year with 134 points, which also set an Islanders record for a center. Additionally, Trottier led the league—and set a team record —in assists, with 87. Trottier also totaled a franchise record eight points in a game, including an NHL record six in a period, versus the Rangers on December 23rd. He would go on to be selected to start at center in the All-Star Game, and would win the Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophies, along with the NHL plus-minus award with his +76 rating.

Mike Bossy
– Mike Bossy had a number of magical seasons on Long Island, including 1981-82, where he recorded a team record 147 points and his 69 goals in 1978-79, but it's hard to top what the Montreal-native accomplished in 1980-81. With a Stanley Cup, Calder Trophy and three 50-plus goal seasons in hand, Bossy attempted to achieve what only one man – Maurice Richard – had done in the past – score 50 goals in 50 games. With 48 goals scored in the first 49 games of the season, it came down to Game #50, January 24th at the Nassau Coliseum. Having been blanked in the game's first two periods, it looked like Bossy would fall just short – but not this year. Bossy proceeded to score #49 with 4:10 left in the third period and finished the achievement with a feed from linemate and friend Bryan Trottier with 89 seconds left in the game. Only three more players in NHL history would go on to accomplish what only Bossy and Richard could – Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Brett Hull.

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