Continuing our best of series, today we will look at the best player to wear number 62 for the New York Islanders in their history.
In the Islanders‘ history, no player has worn the number 61. For the first time in two months, we’re skipping a number and moving right along to number 62. Five players have worn the number for the Isles starting with Steve Webb in 1997.
In his first year with the Islanders, he played 41 games wearing the number and put up five points (1 goal, 4 assists). He’d change his number after the season and go on to play eight years as an enforcer. He finished with 18 points in 321 games in his career.
In 2000, you had Olli Jokinen wear the number. The Isles gave up on him after just one year where he played a full 82 games and put up 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists). He’d go on to play over 1,200 games and put up 750 points over the course of his career.
Five years later, Kevin Colley wore the number for 16 games with the Isles. He averaged just 4:44 of ice time per game and didn’t register a single point for the Islanders that year. It was the only 16 games of his NHL career.
During the Isles dreadful 2008-2009 campaign, Jamie Fraser donned the number. He wore it for just one game, where he played 11 minutes of ice time and didn’t register a shot, but had two blocks and a takeaway. That was the only game of Fraser’s career.
Greg Mauldin was the final player to suit up wearing the number for the Isles in the 2009-2010 season. He played just one game for the Isles. He played 10:02 and registered two shots on goal in the game.
62 wasn’t a number that was too kind to the Islanders. Again, I don’t think anyone spent nearly enough time wearing 62 to award a winner. If Mike Milbury never traded Olli Jokinen maybe it’s a different story, but for now, 62 is winnerless.