Michael Peca spent three years with the New York Islanders and served as their captain for all three of those years. He was also my first favorite New York Islander, but that’s a story for another day.
In his three years with the team, Michael Peca put up 142 points (49 goals, 93 assists). Like Yashin, Peca’s first year was his best. In 80 games he put up 50 points (25 goals, 35 assists).
In the Toronto series, Peca was injured thanks to Darcy Tucker.
Peca was never the same after that. He followed that up with a 42 point performance in 2002-2003 and a 40 point performance in 2003-2004.
Peca would go on to have cups of coffee with the Oilers, Maple Leafs, and Blue Jackets to finish out his career.
As a captain of the teams that went to the playoffs three years in a row, from 2002-2004, he holds an important place in post-dynasty Islanders history.
Make no mistake about it, Yashin was the more flashy player but Michael Peca was a more impactful player for the Islanders if only Tucker didn’t dish out that nasty hit.