5. Bryan Trottier
You knew Bryan Trottier would make the list at some point. But finding him fifth was perhaps a surprise for some considering he scored 500 goals over his Islanders career (only 45 players have ever scored 500 NHL goals). But when you’ve got Mike Bossy on your wing you tend to become the set-up man.
But even though he was the playmaker, he wasn’t bad when it came to putting pucks in the net. His best goalscoring season was in 1978-79 when he scored 134 points with 47 goals and 87 helpers. He’d win the Art Ross and the Hart Trophy that season.
Across his 15-year Islander career, Trottier hit the 50 goal mark just once, which was in 1981-82. He’d score 40 or more goals in a season on five occasions.
Trottier was a terrific passer and playmaker, but his goal-scoring abilities were top-notch as well.
6. Steve Thomas
Thomas played his best hockey in the four short years he spent with the Islanders. Across 275 games for the Islanders, he scored 258 points and 118 goals.
His best goal-scoring season came in 1993-94 when he put up 42 goals. It was only the second time in his career (and last) where he scored 40 or more. In fact, he’d never score even 30 goals over his next ten NHL season after that 42 goal year.
Between 92 and 94, Thomas would score 79 goals in 157 games. It’s incredible to think he also had back to back seasons with 100+ penalty minutes to go with that production. Not bad for a kid from Stockport, UK.