New York Islanders Career Goal Scoring Leaders
While the New York Islanders are far removed from the glory years of the early ‘80’s, this team has a special place in my heart because I grew up 10 minutes from where they played, went to a lot of games and rooted for them like crazy. I had posters of their players hanging in my bedroom alongside my favorite rock stars and pinup babes. I remember Bobby Nystrom’s winning goal in the 1980 finals against Philly and everything about the next few years, including beating the vaunted Oilers in 1983 before allowing them to wrestle the Stanley Cup away in 1984. Anyway, here are the Islanders’ all-time leading goal scorers to date, and it should be no surprise that all of these players were from the glory years:
Mike Bossy (573)—Mike Bossy played just 10 seasons in the NHL, all with the Islanders, from 1977 to 1987, and he ranks first in franchise history with 573 goals. This right winger was what hockey fans call a “sniper,” as he had such a quick shot that he gave goaltenders no time to react before the puck was behind them. Amazingly, Bossy never had less than 38 goals in a season (his final year in the league), and he had a career high 69 goals (led the NHL) in 1978-79. But Bossy’s best overall season was 1981-82 when he scored 64 goals with 83 assists for a career best 147 total points.
Bryan Trottier (500)—Center Bryan Trottier played on the same line as Bossy, which is a big reason this team won those four Stanley Cups. Trottier played for the Islanders from 1975 to 1990, and ranks second in team history with 500 goals. Trottier scored a career high 50 goals in 1981-82, and his best season was 1978-79 when he had 47 goals, 87 assists and 134 total points (the assists and points led the NHL).
Denis Potvin (310)—Denis Potvin was a defenseman and was the captain of those great Islanders teams. He ranks third in Islanders’ history with 310 goals, and he played his entire career in New York, from 1973 to 1988. Potvin had his best season in 1978-79, with career highs in goals (31), assists (70) and total points (101).
Clark Gillies (304)—Clark Gillies was a left winger who played most of his career in New York, from 1974 to 1986. He played on that great Bossy-Trottier line for a while and was the beneficiary of many assists that way. Gillies ranks fourth in franchise history with 304 goals, and he had a career best 38 of them in 1981-82. Gillies’ best season was 1978-79, with 35 goals and career highs in assists (56) and total points (91).
Brent Sutter (287)—Center Brent Sutter was one of six hockey-playing brothers and began his career with the Islanders in 1980, playing there until 1992. Sutter ranks tied for fifth in team history with 287 goals, and his best season with the team was 1984-85, with career highs in goals (42), assists (60) and total points (102).
Pat LaFontaine (287)—Center Pat LaFontaine began his NHL career after playing on the US Olympic team in 1984, and he played for the Islanders from 1983 to 1991. LaFontaine ranks tied with Brent Sutter for fifth all-time in Islanders’ history with 287 goals. His best season for them was 1989-90 when he scored a career high 54 goals, with 51 assists and 105 total points.