Continuing our best of series, today we will look at the best player to wear numbers 80-89 for the New York Islanders in their history.
We almost made it back to hockey so we are going to round out this assessment of assigning the best player to ever wear each number in the New York Islanders history. Today, we look at the 80’s, and there are only nine players to ever wear a number in the 80’s.
Let’s take a look at the nine and try to piece it together:
Players To Wear Number 80: Kevin Weekes
In 1999-2000, Kevin Weekes played 36 games in net for the Islanders. He led the way for Islanders goalies with Roberto Luongo and Felix Potvin behind him with 24 and 22 starts that season. He had a .902 save percentage and a 3.51 goals against average.
Weekes ended up playing 11 years in the league and finished with a .903 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average. His time with the Islanders wasn’t all that memorable.
Players To Wear Number 81: Miroslav Satan, Justin Dibenedetto
Before the 2005-2006 season, Satan signed with the Islanders as a free agent. In his first year with the team, he scored 35 goals and put up 66 points. He followed that up with a 59 point season and a 41 point season finishing with 166 points in 243 games with the Isles.
As for Dibenedetto, he wore the number in 2011 for eight games. He finished with one assist in those eight games in 9:04 of ice time per night on average, the only NHL games of his career.
Winner: Miroslav Satan
Players To Wear Number 82: Martin Straka
Straka played 15 years in the NHL, mostly with Pittsburgh, but he did make a brief stop on Long Island in 1995-1996. He was a part of the deal that landed Don Beaupre and Bryan Berard for the Isles in January of 1996. In his 22 game stint with the Isles he ut up 12 points, and the Isles waived him for some reason ending his tenure with the team.
Players To Wear Number 83: None
Players To Wear Numbers Number 84: Mikhail Grabovski
Before the 2014-2015 season, the Isles inked Grabovski to a four-year $20 million deal to be the team’s third-line center. He was decent when on the ice, 19 points in 51 games his first year and then 25 points in 58 games the next year.
The only issue was he was never able to stay on the ice. The Islanders ended up moving his contract to Vegas in the expansion draft and he hasn’t played in the league since the 2015-2016 season.
Player To Wear Number 85: None
Players To Wear Number 86: Nikolai Kulemin
Like his buddy Grabovski, Kulemin was brought in before the 2014-2015 season. His first year was the best year with the team putting up 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) on the season. He would dip to 22, 23, and then 3 in 13 games in his final year with the team.
He had 79 points with the Islanders in 248 games and was decent in their bottom six over that span.
Winner: Nikolai Kulemin
Players To Wear Number 87: None
Players To Wear Number 88: Brandon Davidson
I still can’t believe Garth Snow gave up a draft pick for Brandon Davidson. In 15 games with the Islanders, he finished with two points and was somehow a -8 in that span. Davidson had a knack for scoring own goals too. He was the OG Tank GAWD.
Players To Wear Number 89: Mike Comrie, Cory Conacher
Comrie was only with the Islanders briefly, two seasons, but he was very good for them over that span. His first year, 2007-2008 saw him finish with 49 points and 21 goals. The following year before getting traded along with Chris Campoli and a first-round pick he had 20 points in 41 games.
He would go on to play two more years in the league but in 117 games with the Isles he finished with 69 points. Conacher was a disaster for the Isles in 2015. He played in just 15 games but the Isles, for some reason, put him with Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. It was bad.
Winner: Mike Comrie