1. Mike Bossy
Not only is Mike Bossy the best goal scorer in the franchise history but he’s the greatest goal scorer in NHL history. His 0.762 goals per game is better than some of the following legendary players:
- Mario Lemieux (0.754 GPG)
- Pavel Bure (0.623 GPG)
- Alex Ovechkin (0.613GPG)
- Wayne Gretzky (0.601 GPG)
When it comes to players who’ve worn blue and orange Mike Bossy is in a league of his own. The second-best goal-scorer in franchise history scored 0.186 goals per game less than Bossy did. It’s just not even close.
His record for goals in a season came in 1978-79 when he scored an astounding 69 goals in 80 games.
Between 1978-79 and 1982-83, Bossy scored 60 or more goals four times. His nine-straight seasons with 50-or-more goals has yet to be matched and likely never will. He is without question the greatest goal scorer to ever play the game.
2. Pierre Turgeon
His time with the Islanders was unfortunately short but was it ever incredible.
From 1991 to 1995 Turgeon put on the blue and orange sweater for 255 games. In those 255 games, he scored 340 points with 147 goals. That’s a 0.576 goals-per-game pace. His most prolific season was in 1992-92 when he scores 58 goals and 132 points.
Those 58 goals in a single season are the most in an Islanders jersey for a player not named Mike Bossy. That 132 point season in 1992-93 is also the third most productive season in franchise history. He’d also finish fifth in Hart voting that season. Lemieux would get 99.20% of the votes with a 69 goal and 160 point season.
Turgeon never came close to scoring 50 goals in a single season over his remaining 13 years in the NHL.