The New York Islanders had some great players come through their ranks across every position. Who are the top ten Islanders players to slot in on the left-wing?
Over the last 45 years since their creation in 1972, hundreds of players have worn the New York Islanders sweater. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll go over the best players in every position.
We start our look at the Isles best by position at left-wing. Where players like Clark Gillies played.
So how did we come to this list? How do we rank them? There wasn’t some difficult and convoluted points system where factors were meticulously weighted or debated. Rankings were based on the following factors:
- Only players who played more than 200 games were looked at;
- Only production while wearing a New York Islanders counted; (sorry Wendel Clark)
- Individual accolades were important; (a Hall of Fame induction is huge)
- Impact on their team. (I’ll explain that more)
The “impact on their team” was used primarily to bump up Matt Moulson for his involvement in showing how surrounding John Tavares with good wingers can produce. Something that Garth Snow has finally returned to with the attempt of putting Andrew Ladd there in 2016-17 and with the addition of Jordan Eberle just this offseason.
It also put David Volek over Jason Blake in the standings. Winning a playoff series is a big deal. Winning one against a two-time Stanley Cup champion and simultaneously taking the Islanders to the Conference Finals is altogether another thing.