Continuing our best of series, today we will look at the best player to wear numbers 90-99 for the New York Islanders in their history.
We’ve reached the end of the line. Today marks the end of going through each number in the Islanders history and discussing who wore it and trying to decide the best to ever put on the sweater in that number.
We’re taking a look at the 90’s today and without further ado let’s jump into the five players to wear a number in the 90’s.
Players To Wear Number 90: None
Players To Wear Number 91: Butch Goring, John Tavares
Butch Goring is widely considered the missing piece of the Islanders dynasty. They traded for him in the second half of the 1980 season and the team would go on its first run to the Stanley Cup beating the Flyers in six games.
At first, he wore number 21, but from 1980-1981 through the 1984-1985 season he wore 91. His first year in that number, he put up 60 points and won the Conn Smythe. In 332 games as an Islander, he put up 195 points, four Cups, and a Conn Smythe. Not bad.
As for Tavares, he was drafted in 2009 first overall. He put up 621 points in 669 career games with the Islanders and is arguably their most important player post dynasty era. Talent-wise, he is better than Goring but impact wise it has to be Goring.
Winner: Butch Goring
Players to Wear Number 92: Vladimir Malakov
In his first two years in the league, Malakov wore number 23 before it was retired. Once they put the jersey in the rafters he switched to number 92, for 26 games. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to grant him a winner but he was solid in his short stint with the Isles.
He had 125 points in 166 career games during his three-year stint on Long Island.
Players To Wear Number 93: Doug Weight
Before becoming the Islanders coach, Doug Weight finished his NHL career with the Islanders. In 2008-2009 he put up 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 53 games. He’d finish with 64 points in 107 games and he even acted as the Isles captain from 2009-2010 to 2010-2011.
He also won the Clancy in his final year in the league which is awarded to someone who demonstrates quality leadership both on and off the ice.
Winner: Doug Weight
Players To Wear Number 94: Ryan Smyth
In 2007, the Isles were aggressive at the trade deadline trading for Ryan Smyth from the Edmonton Oilers. He put up 15 points in 18 games with the Isles in the regular season but Garth Snow was unable to get him to extend.
He would sign with Colorado before making his way back to end his career with Edmonton. He finished his career with 842 points in 1270 games.
Players To Wear Number 95: None
Players To Wear Number 96: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
In 2014, Bouchard had a small stint with the Isles. The center put up nine points in just 28 games, the final year of his career. He had four straight years of 40+ points in the mid-2000’s before falling off after playing just one game in the 2009-2010 season.