Continuing our best of series, today we will look at the best player to wear number 60 for the New York Islanders in their history.
In the New York Islanders history, only two players have worn the number 60. It took 26 years into the Islanders’ history before someone wore the number for the blue and orange. The first to ever do it was Ray Schultz.
In 1997-1998, Schultz played 13 games for the Islanders putting up a single assist along the way. Schultz also had 45 minutes of penalty minutes for the Isles over that span. After the season he would switch to number 36, then 7, then 39.
He finished his NHL career playing 45 games over six years with six assists to his name. Nearly a decade later, Kevin Poulin donned the number for the Islanders.
Poulin was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NHL draft. Three years later he made his NHL debut for the Isles and was fairly productive in a limited sample size. In 7 starts he was 4-2-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.44 goals against average.
It began to dip off after that. He’d put up a .907 save percentage in six games in 2011-2012 and then in five games in 2012-2013 he had an .893 save percentage and a 3.03 goals against average.
As a 23-year-old in 2013-2014, Poulin served as the primary backup. He started 26 games for the Isles who were brutal in net that year. He had a .891 save percentage and a 3.28 goals against averaging giving the Isles just a .308 quality start percentage.
He would play one more game with the Isles in 2014-2015 in his NHL career. In 50 career NHL games, Poulin had a. 899 save percentage and a 3.07 goals against average. He’s most recently played in the AHL with Grand Rapids and Ontario.
I don’t think I can award anyone the winner today, but that’s everything you need to know on the two players to wear number 60. Do with that info as you wish…I think I’ll try to block out their Islanders career.