All-Time Islanders N to Z

Did you enjoy the first part of the All-Time Islanders? Well here is the second part, finishing the list, with letters 'N' through 'Z.'

Enjoy.

N. Bob Nystrom

‘Mr. Islander’ scored a goal that started a dynasty and he is one of the biggest fan favorites in Islanders history.  He like Gillies did the little things that made the dynasty teams go. 

Notables- Frans Nielsen

O. Chris Osgood

Osgood’s career with the Islanders wasn’t that long of one, it lasted only a year and a half. But that one full season in 2001-2002 he was the starting goalie on what was the best Islanders team since the early 90’s.

Notables- Kyle Okposo

P. Denis Potvin

Easily the greatest Islanders defensemen of all-time and the greatest captain in team history. ‘Potvin Sucks’ is something that Rangers fans still chant, but being named to eight All-Star teams, winning the James Norris Trophy three times, the Calder Trophy and captaining four straight Stanley Cup Championships, doesn't mean that you suck that much.

Notables Ziggy Palffy

Q. Deron Quint

There was no one else to go here.

R. Glenn Resch

Resch might have only been on the first of the four straight Stanley Cup teams, but he was an important piece of the puzzle that led the Islanders from basement team to championship contender.  He is also second in every major goalie category in Islanders history.

Notables- Robert Reichel

S. Billy Smith

Starting goalie for four straight Stanley Cup Championships, 304 career wins, one Vezina Trophy and a Conn Smythe Trophy. There is nothing else to say.

Notables- Mark Streit, Brent Sutter

T. Bryan Trottier

The letter ‘T’ had a lot of choices to pick from, but overall there couldn’t have been an easier choice. Trottier is the best player in Islanders history. Other than winning the four straight championships, Trottier won the Calder Trophy, the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy along with winning the Conn Smythe in the 1979-1980 Stanley Cup season. He is also the Islanders all-time leader in games played, assists and points.

Notables- John Tavares, Pierre Turgeon, Bill Torrey

U. David Ullstrom

Ullstrom has played just 29 games with the Islanders in his career and he has the unique honor of being the only player to have his last name start with a ‘U’ in Islanders history. You go David.

V. Mick Vukota

He is the franchise leader with 1879 penalty minutes in 10 seasons. He managed to sneak in 16 goals during his career as well.

Notable- David Volek

W. Ed Westfall

The franchises first captain, Westfall was selected in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft and he saw the team go from the dreadful 1972-1973 season where the team registered 30 points to his last season where the Islanders won 51 games in the regular season in 1978-1979.

Notables- Steve Webb

X. N/A

Are you surprised?

Y. Alexei Yashin

There was not much to go on for the letter ‘Y’ but Yashin did have a solid Islanders career posting 290 points in 346 games and leading the Islanders to the playoffs in four of his five seasons with the team. He also is the last known NHL player to wear a turtleneck on the ice.

Notables- Mike York

Z. Alexei Zhitnik

Surprisingly there was a choice and Zhitnik played more than 10 games.

Notables- Richard Zednik

That's it all 40 years compacted into a list of 26.

Was there a player that should have made the list, or maybe not have been the number one answer? Feel free to leave a comment.

-Pete Paguaga
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Comments

Steve Giangaspro's picture

This was well organized and a cool concept that you ran with. Great 2 part article that was fun to read from start to finish. Just reading all of these names in a combined list was an awesome trip down memory lane. Your hands were tied with some of these letters!