New York Islanders Top 50 Players All-Time
26. Derek King (200 points)
A 13th overall pick by the Isles in 1985, Derek King missed the dynasty years by a hair. It took him a few years to make the team full-time, and even longer until Isles fans saw why he was taken so high in the draft.
He’d played four full seasons with the Islanders before his production exploded, hitting 40 goals and 78 points in 1991-92.
King was the Josh Bailey before there was a Josh Bailey. Although we’ve waited nine years for Bailey to produce like a 9th overall pick. By King standards, we’d already be in year five of power producer Bailey.
27. Duane Sutter (198 points)
Duane Sutter, Brent’s older brother, was a fine player in the regular season, amassing 292 points, but the playoffs is where he made his mark.
Duane won four cups in his first four years in the NHL scoring 45 points in 72 playoff games. With 21 of those points coming in the Isles last cup in 1982-83.
28. Alexei Yashin (197 points)
Surprised? For all the negativity that surrounds Yashin, like the terrible cost of the trade that saw the Isles give up both Zdeno Chara and Jason Spezza. Or that terrible ten-year $87 million contract he signed – that the Isles finished paying in June of 2015.
But it’s not like Yashin made those decisions on his own. That’s all on Millbury. As an Islander Yashin scored 290 points in 346 games. The Isles also made the playoffs three years after missing out the previous seven seasons thanks to Yashin.
Yashin never produced like he did in Ottawa, but then again he wasn’t surrounded by the like of Marian Hossa or Daniel Alfredsson in their prime. Instead, he had Michael Peca and Mark Parrish.
29. J.P. Parise (195 points)
Parisé was already near the end of his NHL career in 1975, when he joined the Islanders from the North Stars at 33 years old. His solid two-way play pushed the young Isles not only to the playoffs that season but to the semifinals.
His most famous contribution in four seasons with the Islanders is scoring within 11 of overtime in the 1975 preliminary round of the playoffs against the Rangers. It was the decisive goal as the Isles won the series 2-1 against their bitter rival.
30. Kelly Hrudey (176 points)
Emerging from the shadow of Hall of Fame goaltender Billy Smith was Kelly Hrudey. Drafted 38th overall by the Isles in 1980, Hrudey didn’t make his start in the NHL until the 1983-84 season.
In six seasons with the Islanders, Hrudey had a 106-90-26 record with a .889 SV% and 3.47GAA. Good numbers for the time. His best season for the Isles was in 1987-88 when he finished third in Vezina voting. Losing to Grant Fuhr‘s 40 win season.