Looking over the New York Islanders 48 year history, here are the ten best goal scorers to ever put on the blue and orange sweater.
The New York Islanders desperately need a goal scorer. It’s why fans are clamoring for Lou Lamoriello to land coveted sniper Patrik Laine via trade from the Winnipeg Jets. Laine, who just turned 22 in February, has routinely found the back of the net since being selected second overall in 2016 by the Winnipeg Jets.
Since making his debut in 2016-17 Laine has scored 138 goals. Only six players have scored more than Laine in that time. It’s easy to see why New York Islanders could use the Finnish sniper.
As the Islanders look to find more goals for the 2020-21 NHL season, I wanted to look back at some of the greatest goal scores to ever wear the blue and orange.
I didn’t just want to look at total goals scored over their Islanders career. That would have been too easy. I decided to look at the number of goals per game. Who were the most prolific goal scorers to wear the blue and orange since 1972?
I also eliminated anyone who wasn’t around for more than a single season. If hadn’t I’d have guys like Wendel Clark and Shawn Evans in the mix.
Evans played two games for the Isles and scored a single goal. Wendel Clark scored 24 goals in 58 games played. Should either of them count as some of the greatest goal-scorers in Islanders history if their Islanders career was shorter than two-seconds? No. No, it shouldn’t count.