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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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20 Nov 1997: Mariusz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport
20 Nov 1997: Mariusz Czerkawski #25 of the New York Islanders in action during a game against the New Jersey Devils at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

Right-Wing | Mariusz Czerkawski

In 1997 the New York Islanders acquired 26 goal scorer Mariusz Czerkawski from the Edmonton Oilers. It cost them Dan LaCouture who’d only played at the AHL level before the trade.

Again, Czerkawski was a good player already. He put up a 40 points season between the Bruins and Oilers before completing a 47 point season the next year. But his best was yet to come with the New York Islanders.

To be fair it took him two years before getting to top form. In the 1997-98 season, he only managed 12 goals and 25 points. The following season in 1998-99 he was better with 21 goals and 38 points, but more was coming.

In 1999-2000 he scored his first of two 30 goal season with 35, add another 35 helpers nad Czerkawski was a 70 point player. Earning a nod to the 2000 All-Star game as the only representative for the New York Islanders.

The next season he’d score 30 goals and another 32 points for a 62 point season. It was the second season in a row where Czerkawski lead the team in scoring.

With 295 points in 470 games with the Islanders, Czerkawski is my pick as the best right-wing that the Islanders traded for. 0.63

You might say that Mark Parrish was better, and you’d have a good case. But Parrish never hit the highs that Czerkawski did. Although he got close with 60 points.

Honorable mention: Jordan Eberle, Mark Parrish 

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