New York Islanders Mount Rushmore Led By Denis Potvin
According to one Clark Gillies, Brian Trottier was the greatest center he’d ever seen. Period. And Gillies was around for some pretty special players. Players like Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. That’s the pedigree of Bryan Trottier.
With 1425 points in 1279 games he sits 16th all-time in NHL scoring. Adding to that was a Calder Trophy with 95 in his first NHL season. An Art Ross trophy for a 134 point campaign in 1978-79 where he’d also get the leagues Hart trophy as the most valuable player.
He’d get a Conn Smythe in 1979-80 when the Isles captured their first Stanley Cup in four years with 29 points in 21 games. Along with those four cups, Trottier would add a King Clancy trophy at the end of his Islanders career before going to Pittsburgh and helping them capture another two cups.
You can argue that he belongs in the number one spot, that’s fair. When we ran our top Islanders fan poll Bryan Trottier fell to finalist Denis Potvin. Although even then, the voting could have gone either way.
Brian Trottier’s individual accolades are overshadowed by a select few in the world of professional hockey. He’s not only one of the greatest Islanders, but one of the greatest players to play the game.