New York Islanders Best Player Acquired Via Trade In Every Position
Center | Pierre Turgeon
You can say that Butch Goring had a bigger impact with the Islanders. But in terms of individual quality, Pierre Turgeon stands head-and-shoulders above Butch Goring.
The trade was one hell of a blockbuster. The Islanders received Turgeon, Benoit Hogue, Uwe Krupp, and Dave McLlwain for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Hillier, Randy Wood, and a fourth-round pick in 1992.
In 255 games over four years with the New Yor Islanders, Pierre Turgeon scored 340 points. Including a 58 goal and 132 point season in 1992-93. A season where he finished fifth in Hart votes and won a Lady Byng trophy.
He also helped the Islanders punch above their weight in the playoffs that season with 13 points in eleven games as the Islanders were eliminated in the conference finals.
I know winning is important and there isn’t a bigger prize to win than the Stanley Cup, let alone four. I was torn here. But when I look at Turgeon’s 1.33 points per regular-season game and compare it to Butch Goring’s 0.59, I have to say Turgeon was the better player.
Honorable mention: Butch Goring
In 332 regular-season games with the Islanders Goring scored 139 points. He’d score 68 in 99 playoff games with the Isles. Including 20 points in 18 games during the Isles 1981 cup run that won him the Conn Smythe trophy.
He was also an instrumental piece in the Islanders winning four back-to-back Stanley Cups. I wouldn’t be mad if you think Butchy is the easy choice here.