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23 Oct 1997: Mariuz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Molson Center in Montreal, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
23 Oct 1997: Mariuz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Molson Center in Montreal, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Canadiens 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport
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UNIONDALE, NY – APRIL 16: Benoit Hogue
UNIONDALE, NY – APRIL 16: Benoit Hogue

Left-Wing | Benoit Hogue

He was part of the blockbuster deal between the New York Islanders and the Buffalo Sabres back in 1991. A deal that saw both team exchange superstar players. The Sabres got Pat LaFontaine and the Islanders got Pierre Turgeon.

But in the package that saw the Islanders get Turgeon was left-wing Benoit Hogue.

Hogue had been in the league three years and looked to be a good player, scoring 112 points in 196 games for the Sabres. But it’s with the Islanders where he exploded.

Hogue scored back-to-back 75 point seasons with the Islanders in 1991-92 and 1992-93. He added a 69 point season in his third year with the team. Over his entire four years with the Islanders, he scored 229 points in 258 games played.

Guys like Smolinski and Vanek just can’t match that.

Honorable mention: Bryan Smolinski, Thomas Vanek

Smolinski was an effective scorer, but just never at the same level as Hogue was. Vanek, while more productive with his 0.94 points-per-game, just doesn’t have the same sample size as Hogue.

Vanek was around for a whole 47 games, Hogue played five and half times more with an Islanders sweater than Vanek.

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