Islanders: Best Player To Wear Number 48
By Matt O'Leary
Continuing our best of series, today we will look at the best player to wear number 48 for the New York Islanders in their history.
In Islanders‘ history, only six players have worn number 48 during their time on Long Island. Like 46 was two days ago, this number hasn’t been too kind to the Isles either. The number wasn’t put into rotation until 1997 when Claude Lapointe wore it.
He wore it for 73 games before switching over to 13 the following season. That year, he put up 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists) for the Islanders. His career with the Isles was much improved after switching to number 13.
Warren Luhning wore the number for 19 games with the Islanders from 1997-1999. He never put up a point and was a -8 during his time with the team.
After Luhning, Steve Regier was the next to wear the number. He wore it from 2005-2008 and over that time he played in just 18 games. Regier never put up a point for the Islanders.
In 2009-2020, Anton Klementyev wore the number for one game. He was a fifth-round draft selection in 2009 and his one career NHL game came in the season he was drafted. How’s that for a fun fact?
For six games in 2014-15, Kael Mouilierat wore the number for the Isles. He put up two points over that time and had a 100% shooting percentage, one shot and one goal, but his time in the NHL was very shortlived as he would play one more game with Pittsburgh next year before being out of the league for good.
In 2016-2017, Connor Jones played four games in the NHL wearing the number 48. That was his only time playing in the league.
Unfortunately, we’re not going to have a winner for today. None of these six players spent enough time in the number during their time with the New York Islanders.