Some 300+ players have worn a New York Islanders jersey since 1972, who amongst those players is the most underrated? I asked fans for their thoughts.
On Tuesday I took to Twitter to ask New York Islanders fans who were the most underrated players in team history. I had a good idea of who would come out on top, but I was still surprised by some of the answers I got.
I chose the top three based on the frequency in which they were mentioned and ranked them that way. If you have someone in mind that isn’t mentioned, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Not every player suggested was going to get 250 words on why there were great. The least I could do is share those that didn’t make the cut.
Mariusz Czerkawski: It’s often forgotten, but from 1999 to 2001 Czerkawski was on fire. He’d score 65 goals and 132 points. He’d earn an All-Star nod for his efforts in 2000.
Kyle Okposo: Solid top-six player throughout his Islanders career at least 50 points four times and 60+ points twice.
Ziggy Palffy: He may not have been underrated for his skills by the league, but he was certainly underrated by Islanders management when they sent him to Los Angeles.
Ken Morrow: Stay at home defensemen don’t often get a lot of credit, but Morrow was a staple of the Islanders four cup winning teams. ANd he hasn’t done a bad job as Director of Pro Scouting either.
Glenn Healy: When left the Islanders goaltending situation changed dramatically. While Ron Hextall‘s stats in 93-94 were better than Healy’s 92-93 numbers, the goaltending situation was a mess for a while.
Jason Blake: His first year with the Islanders didn’t start off great but Blake turned it around int he following season, scoring 55 points. In his final year with the Isles, he scored 40 goals and 69 points.
Marty Reasoner: Good solid veteran leadership and a great fourth-line center.