New York Islanders Best Players of All Time

Brandon McNally

The New York Islanders are a professional hockey team based in Elmont, NY that compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as part of the Metropolitan Division. Founded in 1972, they have become one of three NHL franchises located within the New York metropolitan area and play their home games at UBS Arena. The Islanders have seen success throughout their years with four Stanley Cup Championships during 1980-1983 and some notable players such as Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Denis Potvin and Billy Smith who all helped lead them to victory. With a passionate fan base and dedicated ownership group supporting them every step of the way, this team is sure to continue bringing excitement for years to come.

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1. Anders Lee


Anders Lee

Anders Lee is a forward for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Lee has played over 600 games in the NHL, scoring 262 goals and adding 256 assists for 516 points.

In 2018-19, he scored 36 goals and added 30 assists for 66 points in 82 games with the New York Islanders Anders Lee was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2009 and has since played for them in the NHL. Anders Lee is a left wing and shoots left.

Anders Lee has represented his country at several international tournaments, most notably at the World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal as part of Team USA's contingent. 

In 2013, Anders Lee signed with the Carolina Hurricanes as an unrestricted free agent but was traded back to the New York Islanders before playing a single game for them due to salary cap constraints on their end.

After spending two seasons with NYI once again becoming an unrestricted free agent during 2017 summer, AndersLee re-signed with NYI on a three year deal worth $7 million UFA status in July 2018.

2. Mike Bossy


Mike Bossy

Mike Bossy was a prolific and successful player in the NHL. He is one of only six players ever to score more than 500 goals in his career, as well as the first European-born player to achieve this feat.

Bossy also won two Stanley Cups with the New York Islanders during his time there and was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Quebec Sports Hall of Fame. 

Bossy retired from playing hockey in 1996 after suffering a number of injuries but continued to work as an ambassador for various charities throughout his life.

In 2022, Mike Bossy died at 65 years old following a long battle with cancer Bossy was a prolific scorer during his NHL career, amassing over 1000 points in the league. 

He led the Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup championships and is one of only six players to win three MVP awards. Bossy also won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 1984 and was inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame as well as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

After retiring from hockey, Bossy worked as a commentator for NBCSN before becoming president of Basketball Jersey Incorporated in 2016.

3. Brock Nelson


Brock Nelson

Brock Nelson is a 31-year-old American forward who currently plays for the New York Islanders. 

He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has since played for them, as well as other teams including the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Winnipeg Jets.

In 2018 he joined his fourth team - the New York Islanders - after spending time with both Tampa Bay and Winnipeg during that season's playoffs. 

Brock Nelson is a strong skater with good balance who can beat defenders one-on-one or off of rushes due to his quick hands and feet; he also has good vision and passing ability which allows him to create opportunities for teammates.

His defensive game still needs work but he is getting better all the time, particularly when it comes to positioning himself defensively in front of his net so that shots are difficult for opposing goaltenders to save.

With over 700 career points (485 goals & 310 assists), Brock Nelson ranks 12th in franchise history behind only Patrick Kane, Jaromir Jagr, John Tavares (& Alexander Ovechkin) among forwards born before 1991.

4. Mathew Barzal


Mathew Barzal Career

  • 2012–13: Coquitlam Express
  • 2013–14: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2014–15: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2015–16: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2016–17: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2016–17: New York Islanders
  • 2017–18: New York Islanders

Mathew Barzal is a Canadian-born ice hockey player who currently plays for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2nd round, 47th overall of the 2013 OHL Priority Draft.

In his rookie NHL season with the Islanders in 2018–19, he led all rookies in points (36) and assists (30). He has represented Canada at both junior and senior levels, winning gold medals at both tournaments - World Juniors (2017) and Olympic Gold Medal games (2018).

Barzal was also named to Team Canada's roster for their championship run at the PyeongChang Olympics where they finished as runners-up to Sweden after losing an extremely tight semifinal game 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 tie through regulation time and two periods of overtime – one lasting 5:14 minutes.

Outside of hockey, he studies business administration at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC Mathew Barzal was born on October 22nd, 1997 in Coquitlam, British Columbia. 

He played for the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds before being drafted by the New York Islanders in the 2015 NHL Draft. In 2016-2017 he helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships and was named player of the tournament.

In 2018-2019 Mathew led all rookies with 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 81 games and helped guide the Islanders to their first playoff appearance since 2007-2008. 

At just 19 years old Mathew Barzal is already one of hockey’s brightest stars and looks set to continue his impressive play into the later stages of his career.

5. Denis Potvin


Denis Potvin

Denis Potvin was a highly decorated hockey player who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991. He played for the New York Islanders from 1974 to 1984 and helped lead them to two Stanley Cup championships.

After playing his final season with the Montreal Canadiens, Potvin moved on to play in Japan and Europe before retiring in 1996. 

Denis Potvin is also known for being one of the best goaltenders ever and he holds several records including most games played (1,098), wins (358) and shutouts (73).

Denis Potvin currently works as an analyst for TSN Radio broadcasts covering Montreal Canadiens games. Denis Potvin was a talented defenceman who played for the New York Islanders for over 20 years. 

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993 and is widely considered one of the best players in NHL history.

Denis Potvin led all defencemen in points five times, including three straight from 1978 to 1980, and won two Stanley Cups with the Islanders during his career.

6. John Tavares


John Tavares Career

  • NHL team: Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Former teams: New York Islanders
  • SC Bern
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 1st overall, 2009
  • New York Islanders

John Tavares is a talented and skilled center who has spent his entire NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

He was drafted first overall by the Maple Leafs in 2009 and has since established himself as one of the league's top scorers.

In 2018, he won his fourth Stanley Cup championship with Toronto, cementing himself as one of hockey's all-time greats. 

Tavares is married to singer Elin Nordegren and they have two children together - son Maximus (born 2012) and daughter Scarlett (born 2016).

John Tavares will be playing for Team Canada at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo alongside fellow Maple Leaf Auston Matthews. John Tavares was drafted 1st overall by the New York Islanders in the 2009 NHL Draft. 

He has spent his entire playing career with the Islanders, amassing over 570 points in 706 games played.

Tavares was a key part of Team Canada's gold medal victory at the 2016 Olympic Games and captained them to victory in the 2017 World Championship. In 2019 he signed an 8-year extension with the Islanders worth $88 million CAD ($73 million USD). 

John Tavares is considered one of the best goal scorers and talents to ever play for Canada and is widely regarded as one of hockey's all-time greats.

7. Pat LaFontaine


Pat LaFontaine

LaFontaine was a prolific scorer in his NHL career and is one of only six players to score more than 1000 goals. LaFontaine also won two Stanley Cups with the New York Rangers, and he played on three Canadian teams over his career - the Islanders, Sabres and Canadiens.

After retiring as a player, LaFontaine became an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens before taking up a similar role with the Winnipeg Jets in 2015. 

Pat LaFontaine was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and he currently serves as an ambassador for Canada's men's national hockey team.

Pat LaFontaine is a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New York Rangers. He also won two Olympic gold medals as part of Team USA and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998. 

LaFontaine played over 1,500 NHL games and recorded more than 1,000 points in his career. After retiring from playing hockey, Pat founded The Pat Lafontaine Foundation which helps disadvantaged youth participate in sport and education programs across North America.

In 2017 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to philanthropy and sportsmanship throughout his life.

8. John Tonelli


John Tonelli

John Tonelli was born in 1957 in Hamilton, Ontario. He played his entire NHL career with the New York Islanders from 1980 to 1993. Tonelli scored 296 goals and added 583 assists for 996 points in 1,087 games played.

He won two Stanley Cups with the Islanders (1980 and 1983). After retiring as a player, Tonelli became an assistant coach with the Islanders before joining their front office as Director of Player Development in 2002.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the Islander team that had won both the Cup and Calder Trophy in 1983-84 season. In 2010, he became head coach of HC Davos of Switzerland's National League A (NLA), leading them to back-to-back titles during his three years at helm.

 Tonelli played for the Houston Aeros, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Tonelli was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round of the 1977 NHL Draft. Tonelli played a total of 984 career games scoring 197 goals and 316 assists for 559 points. Tonelli represented Canada at various international tournaments including World Championships (1981), World Cup (1986) and Olympic Games (1992). 

After retiring from professional hockey, Tonelli served as an assistant coach with his former teams - Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks - before taking on a role as head coach of HC Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia in 2003-2004 season where he led them to their first Slovakian Championship title since 1993-1994 season.

9. Matt Martin

Left wing

Matt Martin

Matt Martin was born in Windsor, Ontario on May 8th, 1989. At 6'4" and 220 pounds, he is a big and physical defenseman who can throw his weight around when needed.

He spent six seasons with the New York Islanders before being traded to the Florida Panthers in February of 2018. In 223 career NHL games, Matt Martin has scored 21 goals and added 97 assists for 138 points while logging 2,026 minutes played ice-time.

He is an extremely durable player as he has not missed a game since 2009-10 (with the Islanders). After playing out his contract with the Panthers at the end of this season, Martin will look to sign on with another club for next year's campaign Matt Martin is a left wing who plays for the New York Islanders.

He was drafted in 2008 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he never played for them because he was traded to the NY Islanders later that year. Matt has had a successful playing career with the NY Islanders, averaging over 20 points per season since 2009-10. 

The 34-year old winger will likely retire at the end of this season and go into coaching or management afterwards.

10. Butch Goring


Butch Goring Career

  • Los Angeles Kings
  • New York Islanders
  • Boston Bruins
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 51st overall, 1969
  • Los Angeles Kings

Butch Goring was born in 1949 in Saint Boniface, Manitoba. He played hockey for the Winnipeg Jets and then with the New York Islanders from 1978 to 1988.

In 1981 he won the Stanley Cup with the Isles and also helped them reach the playoffs eight other times during his career. 

After retiring as a player, Goring became an executive with various teams including Toronto Maple Leafs (1994-1998), Hartford Whalers (1999-2002) and Carolina Hurricanes (2003-2006).

He is now a vice president of business development for Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY where he oversees all aspects of arena operations including marketing and sales initiatives as well as team partnership ships within both professional sports leagues and non-traditional entertainment venues such as concerts and comedy nights.

Butch has been married twice; first to Lynn Bomar who died in 2003 followed by Gina Pizzolato whom he divorced in 2011._ Butch currently resides in Long Island City, Queens with his second wife Teri.

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11. Jordan Eberle


Jordan Eberle Career

  • 2007–08: Regina Pats
  • 2008–09: Regina Pats
  • 2008–09: Springfield Falcons
  • 2009–10: Regina Pats
  • 2009–10: Springfield Falcons
  • 2010–11: Edmonton Oilers

Jordan Eberle is a right-wing who has played for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Calgary Flames in his NHL career. He was drafted by the Oilers in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Eberle scored 46 goals and added 82 assists for 128 points during the 2010-11 season with Edmonton, winning both the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP that year. 

In 2013, he was traded to New York where he spent four seasons before being dealt to Calgary at the trade deadline in 2017.

During his time with Edmonton, he won two Stanley Cups (2008 & 2009) and an Olympic gold medal (2010). On July 1st, 2018 Jordan Eberle re-signed with Calgary on a one-year contract worth $5 million USD. 

He finished second on Team Canada's roster in their successful quest for Olympic gold once again this year - scoring 4 goals along with 5 assists over 7 games while averaging almost 17 minutes per game.

12. Ryan Pulock


Ryan Pulock

Pulock was drafted 25th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Pulock has had a successful career with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, scoring 116 points in 233 games played during two seasons with them.

Pulock signed a three-year contract extension with the Islanders on July 1st of 2016 worth $4 million dollars. 

In his first season as an Islander, Pulock scored 18 goals and 27 assists for 45 points in 82 games played and helped lead New York to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1983.

In 2018-19, Pulock recorded 26 goals and 49 assists for 73 points in 79 games played which led him to be nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most charitable player of the year; he ultimately won this award at a ceremony held on April 6th 2019 at Madison Square Garden.

13. Oliver Wahlstrom

Right winger

Oliver Wahlstrom

Oliver Wahlstrom was born on June 13, 2000 in Yarmouth, Maine. He is a right-handed winger and played with the New York Islanders during the 2022 season.

Wahlstrom has NHL experience playing with Boston College and Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In addition to his hockey career, Oliver also attends Bowdoin College where he is studying economics and finance.

As a youngster, Oliver participated in track & field events including high jump, shot putt and javelin throw before focusing exclusively on ice hockey at age 10 when he started playing for Holy Cross HS in Massachusetts as part of their varsity program. 

Following college eligibility at Bowdoin, Oliver will likely head overseas to continue developing his skills before returning to North America for an NHL club - most likely with Boston or Toronto given their interest in him so far this offseason.

14. Adam Pelech


Adam Pelech

Adam Pelech was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 16th 1994. He played junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals of the OHL and then joined the Bruins organization as a free agent in 2013-14.

Pelech made his NHL debut with Boston during the 2014-15 season and had two goals and four assists in 54 games. 

In 2015, he signed with Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL where he posted 37 points (10 G, 27 A) in 72 games before being recalled by Boston at the end of the season.

He has appeared in 69 games for Boston this past year, recording nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points overall - good enough for 3rd place amongst defencemen on team behind Zdeno Chara & Torey Krug). 

Adam is currently playing out his two-year contract extension which will keep him with Boston through to 2020-21 season.

15. Bryan Trottier

Bryan Trottier Career

  • New York Islanders
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • National team: Canada and
  • United States
  • NHL Draft: 22nd overall, 1974
  • New York Islanders
  • WHA Draft: 18th overall, 1974
  • Cincinnati Stingers

Bryan Trottier is a legendary NHL center who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. He played 16 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, where he won three Stanley Cups and was named MVP twice.

After retirement from playing, Trottier became a television commentator and coach. In 2008, he received an honorary degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta for his contributions to hockey and Canadian society.

Bryan Trottier currently resides in Quebec City with his wife Maureen and two children Morgan and Kaitlyn Bryan Trottier played for the New York Islanders for 13 seasons before moving to Pittsburgh in 1994. 

Bryan Trottier was a two-time NHL All Star and won the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992.

He also played for Canada at the Olympics, World Championships, and World Cups during his playing career. Bryan Trottier retired from hockey after playing 94 games in 1994–95 season due to an ankle injury sustained while on loan to Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.

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16. Kyle Okposo

Right winger

Kyle Okposo

Kyle Okposo is a 34-year-old American forward who currently plays for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2004 and has spent his entire career with them, save for two seasons where he played with the Buffalo Sabres.

In 563 NHL games, Okposo has scored 251 goals and added 277 assists for 610 points. He also boasts 381 penalty minutes over that span, so he can be quite rough when needed - but is capable of scoring beautiful goals as well. 

On April 16th 1988, Kyle was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota to parents Gary and Sandy Okposo.

His older brother is goaltender Rickard Okposo and his younger sister Hannah is a volleyball player at Brown University Growing up playing hockey rink side with his brothers on weekends didn't hurt either. 

After graduating from high school in 2004 (where he earned varsity letters in both hockey & basketball), Okposo attended college at Boston College before being drafted by Edmonton later that year. 

Versus all odds it looks like #7 might have finally put pen to paper on an 8 year/$64 million contract extension just hours after free agency opened this evening pic.

Born Apr 16 1988 6' 0" 183 cm 4th Line Forward 216 lb 98 kg Edmonton Oiler 2004 Drafted 7th Overall by Edmonton Oilers.

17. Anthony Beauvillier


Anthony Beauvillier

Anthony Beauvillier is a 25-year-old winger who was drafted by the Islanders in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He has played for both the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he had a breakout season in 2017–18 with 44 points in 34 games.

In 2018, Beauvillier signed an entry-level contract with New York and made his debut with their affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). 

On February 26th 2019, Beauvillier scored his first career goal against Henrik Lundqvist of Sweden during Canada's 5-1 win at The World Championships Qualifying Tournament earning him tournament MVP honors.

In March 2019, it was announced that Beauvillier would make his National Hockey League (NHL) debut on April 3rd against Philadelphia as part of New York’s opening night roster.

18. Josh Bailey

Left wing

Josh Bailey Career

  • NHL team: New York Islanders
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 9th overall, 2008
  • New York Islanders

Bailey was born in Bowmanville, Ontario and grew up playing hockey. Bailey played college hockey with the University of Massachusetts Amherst before being drafted by the New York Islanders in 2008.

Bailey has since played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars, among others, before joining the Islanders in 2018. Bailey is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2013 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and 2017 with the Dallas Stars), as well as an Olympic silver medalist (2018).

He is married to American actress Jenna Dewan Tatum and they have one child together Bailey was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 2008 NHL Draft. 

Bailey has played for the team since then and currently plays as a right-wing on their roster. He is known for his speed, skill, and scoring ability.

Bailey has been a part of Canada's National Team since he was a teenager and helped them win Gold at both the World Junior Championships and the Olympics in 2010. 

In 2011-2012 Bailey had an outstanding season with 38 goals scored which led to him being named to The Hockey News' First All-Star Team that year as well as winning The Art Ross Trophy (the most prestigious award given out to an NHL player).

Bailey is one of only two players in Islanders history - along with Denis Potvin - to be selected 9th overall in a draft and still play for them today (along with John Tavares).

Also Played For: 2017–18 nhl season

19. Bob Nystrom

Bob Nystrom

Bob Nystrom was born in Stockholm, Sweden on October 10th, 1952. He played his first NHL game with the New York Islanders in 1973. After playing for the Islanders and Boston Bruins he retired from hockey in 1984.

Bob Nystrom has since worked as a broadcaster for various Swedish TV networks and is currently an analyst for NHL Network Canada.

In 2006, Nystrom was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame alongside fellow Swede Bengt-Åke Gustafsson Nystrom was a prolific scorer in his time with the Islanders, scoring over 220 goals and adding over 350 assists during his NHL career.

Nystrom also had a reputation for being one of the hardest workers in the game, constantly grinding away on both offense and defense. Nystrom retired after playing 16 seasons with New York, appearing in more than 800 games overall. 

He is currently an assistant coach for the Islanders' AHL affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Nystrom has been inducted into both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the New York Islanders Hall of Fame; he will be formally recognized at halftime of their game against Montreal this season.

Bob Nystrom is widely considered to be one of hockey's all-time greats, and his legacy remains firmly entrenched within franchise history today.

20. Clark Gillies

Clark Gillies

Clark Gillies was a long-time left wing for the Montreal Canadiens, playing in parts of 11 seasons. He led the league in goals scored twice and won two Stanley Cups with the team.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He died from cancer at age 67 on January 21, 2022. Clark Gillies was drafted 4th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft.

He played for Buffalo Sabres and then moved on to play for Edmonton Oilers throughout his playing career. Clark Gillies was a key player on both teams he played for and is now considered one of the greatest players to ever step foot in the NHL.

He won several awards during his time in the league, including 3 Stanley Cups with Edmonton Oilers and 2 World Championships with Canada's National Team. 

Clark Gillies retired from professional hockey in 1988 after having an illustrious career which saw him win numerous accolades both on and off ice.

21. Brent Sutter

Brent Sutter

Brent Sutter is a Canadian television and film producer. He was born in Viking, Alberta on June 10th, 1962. Brent has had a successful career as both an actor and screenwriter for films such as: "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Election" (1999), and "Saw VI-VII" (2007-2009).

In 2011 he became the new showrunner of the HBO series "Game of Thrones". Under his watch it won 4 Emmy Awards including best Drama Series in 2016. 

On July 22nd, 2018, it was announced that Brent will take over as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team starting from the 2019-20 season Brent Sutter was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1980 NHL Draft.

He played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1984 to 1998. Brent Sutter represented Canada at many international tournaments, including the Olympics and World Championships. 

In 1998, he retired from professional hockey following a season with the Edmonton Oilers. Brent Sutter currently works as an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada and is also involved in philanthropy through his foundation, The Brent Sutter Foundation.

22. Scott Mayfield


Scott Mayfield

Scott Mayfield is a 30-year-old American forward who has spent the last four seasons playing in the AHL with Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He was drafted by the St.

Louis Blues in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but never played for them due to signing an amateur contract with their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

After having his junior career interrupted by a broken foot, he made up for lost time and won gold at World Junior Championships in 2011 where he scored six goals en route to being named MVP of the tournament.

In 2013, he signed with HC Sochi of KHL and had an impressive season scoring 28 points (14G+14A) in 52 games before returning to play with Blackhawks affiliate Rockford IceHogs during 2014/2015 campaign where he tallied 25 points (10G+15A) in 53 games helping both teams make playoff appearances.

Scott signed another one year deal as a free agent this past offseason to continue his development with Bridgeport after impressing new coach Benoit Groulx. 

Having been recalled from Bridgeport earlier this month ahead of their game against Syracuse Crunch on February 4th , Scott will now look towards representing Team USA at the upcoming IIHF World Championship Qualifiers beginning next week.

23. Noah Dobson


Noah Dobson Career

  • 2016–17: Acadie–Bathurst Titan
  • 2017–18: Acadie–Bathurst Titan
  • 2018–19: Acadie–Bathurst Titan
  • 2018–19: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
  • 2019–20: New York Islanders

Noah Dobson is a Canadian actor and singer. He first came to prominence in the role of Max on Nickelodeon's hit show "Make It or Break It". Dobson has since starred in such films as "The DUFF" and "Noah".

In 2019, he released his self-titled debut album which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Dobson currently resides in Los Angeles with his family Dobson was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2018 as a right-handed defenceman.

Dobson has played for the Islanders during their 2019–present season, recording one goal and five assists. Dobson is known for his hard work on the ice and his defensive play, which have seen him become an important part of the team over time.

24. Ilya Sorokin


Ilya Sorokin

Ilya Sorokin is a goaltender who currently plays for the New York Islanders. Ilya was drafted by the Islanders in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

He made his NHL debut with the Isles on 15 October 2017 against Vancouver Canucks and earned his first victory that night, stopping 28 out of 30 shots faced. 

Sorokin has played professionally in Russia since he was 18 years old and spent time with several teams including HC Sochi, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Atlant Mytishchi and SKA Saint Petersburg before joining. 

Kingston Frontenacs as an undrafted free agent in 2016-17 season where he posted a record of 21-5-1 with 2 shutouts in 38 games to help lead them to their first-ever. 

Memorial Cup appearance as well as being named MVP of the Tournament after posting 1.64 goals against average and .947 save percentage en route to winning gold medal at CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game beating fellow nominee. 

Thatcher Demko from Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in overtime (Demko would go on to be selected 23rd overall by Florida Panthers).

In 2018-19 campaign with Kingston he again led team in wins (29) while ranking second behind teammate Casey Mittelstadt for points scoring (56) and earning First Team All-Star selection along with league-leading goaltenders Malcolm Subban (Ottawa Senators).

Sergei Bobrovsky(Columbus Blue Jackets) & Andrei Vasilevskiy(Tampa Bay Lightning). The 29 victories set new records for most wins by any goalie during the first two seasons playing pro hockey.

The previous high watermark was held by Dominik Hasek who had won 26 games over three seasons split between HC Spartak Moscow, Detroit Red Wings & Ottawa Senators prior to making their playoff debut with the Red.

Wings at age 22 which marked start of illustrious career that saw him win Stanley Cup four times consecutively between 1995–1999, 2002–2006 (& 2009). 

As mentioned earlier Ilya also helped Kingston reach their first Memorial Cup final where they were defeated 5-0 by Shawinigan Cataractes despite registering 35 saves en route to the tournament’s.

Most Valuable Player award following regular season accolades including Eastern Conference Goaltender Of The Year Award from Professional Hockey Writers Association, Second Team All Star Selection from National Hockey League Players Association & TSN First Allstar Team honours becoming only player born outside Europe.

25. Jean-Gabriel Pageau


Jean-Gabriel Pageau Career

  • NHL team: New York Islanders
  • Former teams: Ottawa Senators
  • National team: Canada
  • NHL Draft: 96th overall, 2011
  • Ottawa Senators

Jean-Gabriel Pageau is a 30-year-old right winger for the Ottawa Senators. He was drafted by the Sens in the 6th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 

Pageau played college hockey with Saint Lawrence University and helped lead them to an ECAC championship as a junior in 2010–11.

After spending two seasons at Saint Lawrence, Pageau made his professional debut with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2013–14 season. 

In 2014–15, he made his NHL debut with Ottawa and recorded 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 64 games before being traded to Montreal Canadiens on February 29, 2015 as part of a three team trade that also involved Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.

In 2016–17, Pageau had career highs in goals (22), assists (34) and points (60) while playing 77 games for Montreal; helping them reach their first ever Stanley Cup Final appearance but losing to Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1.

On July 1st, 2018, it was announced that Jean Gabriel Pageau has signed a five year deal worth $20 million dollars with Ottawa Senators.

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26. Casey Cizikas


Casey Cizikas

Casey Cizikas is a 31-year old forward for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

In his eight seasons with Toronto, he scored 322 points (152 goals and 158 assists) in 459 games played. Cizikas signed with the Islanders as a free agent during 2018-19 season and has since been an important part of their offence, tallying 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) in 37 games played so far this season.

Casey's strengths lie on playing strong defensively down low while also being able to contribute offensively at any time; making him an invaluable asset to any team he plays for. 

He will be representing Canada at both the 2019 IIHF World Championship Division I Group A tournament and 2020 Olympic Games Qualifying Tournament this year, hoping to help secure qualification for one or both events.

27. Billy Smith

Billy Smith

Billy Smith is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played in the NHL. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round, 10th overall, of the 1970 NHL Entry Draft and won two Stanley Cups with them as well as three Vezina trophies.

Smith also played for Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers over his career. In 1993 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments on behalf of his country Canada at both junior and international levels including winning a gold medal at the 1972.

Winter Olympics where he scored five goals in six games including four game-winners Billy Smith currently resides near Toronto with wife Karen and their three children Avery, Becket and Elizabeth Billy Smith was a goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and Canada.

He played his entire NHL career with the Kings and is one of only nine goaltenders in league history to play over 1000 games. In 1988-89, he led all goalies in goals against average (2.24) and save percentage (.919). 

Billy Smith was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, becoming only the fourth goaltender to be so honored after Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, and Roy Ward Trophy winner Ken Dryden. After retiring as a player, Billy became an assistant coach with.

Detroit Red Wings before being named head coach of Anaheim Ducks in 2006 where he served until 2011 when he stepped down from that position too.

28. Semyon Varlamov


Semyon Varlamov Career

  • NHL team: New York Islanders
  • Former teams: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • Washington Capitals
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • National team: Russia
  • NHL Draft: 23rd overall, 2006
  • Washington Capitals

Semyon Varlamov is a Russian goaltender who has played for the Colorado Avalanche since he was drafted in 2008. He has been named to two NHL All-Star Games, and won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie in 2013.

Injuries have limited him to just 49 games over the past two seasons, but he remains one of the most promising goaltenders in hockey. Varlamov was born on April 27th 1988, making him 34 years old at this time (2018). 

His height is 6' 2" tall and his weight is 209 pounds – both of which are typical measurements for goaltenders.

Semyon Varlamov started playing hockey when he was only six years old; before that he participated in track and field events such as long jump and triple jump. 

After starting out with a team called Lokomotiv Moscow, Varlamov made his professional debut with CSKA Moscow during the 2003–04 season – aged 18 years old. 

He spent five seasons with CSKA Moscow before moving to Europe to play for HC Sochi (2006) and then SC Bern (2008).

The Colorado Avalanche selected Semyon Varlamov 38th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft after watching him play for Severstal Cherepovets during that year's playoff run.

29. Patrick Flatley

Patrick Flatley

Patrick Flatley was born in Toronto on October 3, 1963. He is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who primarily plays as a right wing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Flatley has played for numerous teams over his career including the St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. He represented Canada at two Olympic Games - 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver - scoring one goal each time.

In 2017-18 season he signed with Italian team HC Asiago after playing out the season with American club, Dallas Stars affiliate Texas Stars of the AHL where he won his fourth Calder Cup championship as captain of both teams respectively. 

Patrick Flatley was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2016 and awarded an Order of Ontario by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018 for his contributions to sport.

30. Zach Parise

Left wing

Zach Parise Career

  • 2000–01: Shattuck-Saint Mary's
  • 2001–02: Shattuck-Saint Mary's
  • 2001–02: US NTDP U18
  • 2002–03: University of North Dakota
  • 2003–04: University of North Dakota
  • 2004–05: Albany River Rats

Zach Parise is a left wing who was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2003. He has played for the Wild, New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes over his career.

In 2019, he signed with the Vegas Golden Knights as an unrestricted free agent. Parise has scored more than 700 goals and 1800 points in his NHL career so far. 

He won two Stanley Cups with the Devils in 2012 and 2018, as well as two Olympic gold medals (2006 and 2010).

Zach Parise is married to Mandy LeBlanc-Parise; they have four children together – Jack (born October 25th 2006), Lillian Grace (born November 20th, 2009), Nicholas Owen (born April 3rd 2013) and Aidan Jameson LeBlanc-Parise( born January 26th 2020).[2] Zach Parise is a former first-round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils.

Zach Parise has spent his entire professional career with the Devils, and he has been an integral part of their team since 2005. 

In 2008, Zach Parise was named to the All-Star Team for the first time in his career. He finished second in voting behind Sidney Crosby. 

In 2013, Zach Parise led all NHL players with 54 points (20 goals and 34 assists) in 48 games played during the regular season.

He helped lead New Jersey to their fifth Stanley Cup championship that year. In 2015, Zach Parise was traded to Minnesota Wild along with Pekka Rinne for Mike Fisher and Martin Havlat.

 The move reunited him with longtime teammate Devan Dubnyk, who had also been drafted by New Jersey as a goaltender back in 1997. 

As of 2019, Zach Parise is fresh off yet another successful campaign where he scored 37 goals and added 41 assists for 78 points over 82 games played during the 2018–19 season - good enough for sixth overall in scoring on the league's most offensively potent team.

31. Stefan Persson

Stefan Persson started his career with IFK Goteborg in 1974. He moved to Malmö FF in 1984 where he played until 1992. After leaving Malmö FF, Stefan Persson spent a year without playing football before joining AIK on a free transfer in 1993.

Stefan Persson won the Swedish Championship with AIK in 1997 and 1998 and also reached the UEFA Champions League group stage twice, once with them (in 2001) and once with Juventus (in 2006). 

In 2007, Stefan Persson retired from professional football at the age of 40 after spending 17 years as a player for various clubs across Sweden including AIK, Djurgården and Helsingborgs IF among others.

Since retiring from professional football, Stefan Persson has been working as an assistant coach for AIK Youth team alongside former teammate Patrik Andersson who is now their head coach.

32. Bob Bourne

Bob Bourne

Bourne was drafted by the New York Islanders in the first round, seventh overall of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. 

Bourne played for five teams during his 15-year career - the Islanders (1974–1981), Pittsburgh Penguins (1982–1983), Hartford Whalers (1984–1985), Calgary Flames (1986–1988) and Los Angeles Kings (1989).

He recorded 1,023 points over his career - 792 goals and 315 assists - earning him a spot on the Hockey Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2006. Bourne is currently an executive vice president with Rogers Sportsnet where he oversees all hockey operations for RSN networks across.

Canada including Toronto Maple Leafs games telecast on TSN and RDS as well as Montreal Canadiens games broadcast on TVA Sports and Vancouver Canucks games shown nationally on SNET/RDS Quebec City affiliate RCN sports).

In addition to working full-time Bob also coaches junior hockey for Team Saskatchewan located just outside of Saskatoon, SK., helping develop some of Saskatchewan's top young talent into future stars in both Russian junior leagues and major junior ranks across North America.

33. Ed Westfall

Ed Westfall

Ed Westfall was born on September 19, 1940 in Belleville, Ontario. He played for the Boston Bruins from 1963 to 1966 and then moved onto the St. Louis Blues where he played until 1978.

In total, Ed Westfall won two Stanley Cups with Boston (1963, 1965) and one with St. Louis (1974). After his playing career ended, Ed Westfall became a coach for the Hartford Whalers in 1979-1980 and then served as head coach of the Providence Reds in 1984-1985 before retiring completely from coaching duties in 1990.

Nowadays Ed Westfall is a hockey commentator who works both nationally and internationally broadcasts games throughout the season.

Ed Westfall was born on September 19th , 1940 . 2He first signed with the Boston Bruins when he was just 18 years old . 3Westfall would go on to play 7 seasons for them between 1963-1966 before moving onto join up with StLouis Blues team which he represented until 1978 .

4In total , Westfall would win 2 Stanley Cup's while playing for Boston(1963 & 1965 )and 1 while playing for StLouis(1974 ). 

5After his Playing Career Finished ,Ed began Coaching stints with The Hartford Whalers (1979 - 1980) And The Providence Reds(1984 - 1985 )before Retiring Completely From Coaching Duties In 1990.

34. Cal Clutterbuck

Right winger

Cal Clutterbuck

Cal Clutterbuck is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Clutterbuck has played in 624 regular season games over 10 seasons with Carolina and NYI, recording 277 points (129 goals and 158 assists). On February 25th, 2019 he signed a two-year contract extension with the Islanders worth $5 million dollars per year.

In 2018 he was named an alternate captain for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by Sweden. Cal also captained Canada to their gold medal victory at The World Juniors in 2007 and 2010 as well as winning silver medals at both tournaments in 2005 and 2009 respectively.

He became eligible for international play after his sophomore season with Northeastern University where he tallied 36 points (18 goals and 18 assists) en route to being selected as NCAA Division I Player of Year in 2006–07 campaign.

After signing his entry level contract with Carolina on March 26th 2008 Clutterbuck made his NHL debut against Ottawa on April 3rd that same year scoring one goal on three shots. 

While averaging 12:22 minutes ice time over six games during what would turn out to be only full NHL season due to Hurricane Hugo striking Charlotte just prior.

35. Žigmund Pálffy

Žigmund Pálffy Career

  • HK Nitra
  • Dukla Trenčín
  • New York Islanders
  • HK Skalica
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Slavia Praha
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • National team: Czechoslovakia and
  • Slovakia
  • NHL Draft: 26th overall, 1991
  • New York Islanders

Pálffy has played for a number of Czechoslovakian teams since his debut in 1991. He signed with HK Nitra in 2010 and helped the team win the Slovak championship that year.

Pálffy is known for his speed, scoring goals from both left wing and right wing positions. His most famous goal was scored during the 2002-03 season when he netted against Sparta Prague on a free kick in an eventual 3-1 victory.

Pálffy announced his retirement from professional hockey after playing with HK Nitra in 2013–14 season, finishing as one of the club's all time leading scorers with 319 points (103 goals and 248 assists). 

Following his retirement, Pálffy began working as a commentator for Czech channel HTV Sport where he currently presents matches featuring HC Benfica de Luanda or SKA Saint Petersburg among others.

36. Frans Nielsen


Frans Nielsen

Frans Nielsen is a Danish professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 2003, but he never played for them as they traded him to Toronto in 2006.

In 2007, Nielsen signed with Vancouver and helped them win their first Stanley Cup that year. The following season, Nielsen was traded to Washington where he remained until 2017 when he moved back to Canada and signed with Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

In 2021, Nielsen will play his 200th game in NHL history with Dallas against Minnesota Nielsen was drafted by the New York Islanders in 2002 and spent 11 seasons with them before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 2016. Nielsen is renowned for his ability to score goals, having scored over 200 points in his NHL career.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2017, becoming only the second Dane after Peter Forsberg to win a championship in North America. 

After leaving Detroit, Nielsen signed with Lukko of Finland for one season before returning home to Denmark with Eisbären Berlin for two years from 2018 onwards.

37. Thomas Hickey


Thomas Hickey Career

  • 2005–06: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2006–07: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2007–08: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2008–09: Seattle Thunderbirds
  • 2008–09: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2009–10: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2010–11: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2011–12: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2012–13: Manchester Monarchs
  • 2012–13: New York Islanders

Thomas Hickey is a defenseman for the New York Islanders. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Hickey has played with Buffalo, Carolina Hurricanes, Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders during his career.

In 2018 he won his first Stanley Cup as part of the New York Islanders Thomas Hickey played for the New York Islanders from 2009-2015. He was drafted 4th overall by the LA Kings in 2007 and has since played for them, as well as the NY Rangers and Boston Bruins.

Thomas is known for his hard work on defence and is a key member of all three teams he's been with. In 2015, he signed with the NY Islanders pending a physical which passed so he joined their NHL team immediately. 

Thomas will be playing his last season in 2017-18 with the Isles before retiring at the end of that year.

Also Played For: seattle thunderbirds

38. Nick Leddy


Nick Leddy Career

  • 2006–07: Eden Prairie Eagles
  • 2007–08: Eden Prairie Eagles
  • 2007–08: U.S. NTDP U18
  • 2008–09: Eden Prairie Eagles
  • 2009–10: University of Minnesota
  • 2010–11: Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2010–11: Rockford IceHogs
  • 2011–12: Chicago Blackhawks

Nick Leddy was born on March 20, 1991 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is a U.S.-born defenseman who has played his entire career with the New York Islanders.

Leddy had a breakout season in 2015-16, recording 32 points (eight goals and 24 assists) while playing 74 games for the Islanders. 

In addition to his play on the ice, Leddy is also known for his work off of it - he is one of the most charitable players in NHL history donating more than $1 million to various causes since 2013.

As a member of Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, Leddy helped lead his country to their first ever hockey championship medal. In 2017-18 Nick led all defensemen in scoring with 55 points (17 goals and 38 assists). 

His 17 goals were fifth best overall in league history and he became just the second defenseman – following Scott Niedermayer – to score 50 or more goals in consecutive seasons. 

At age 31 Nick remains among one of NHL’s youngest active leaders both offensively & defensively *stats through 2019/20 Regular Season

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39. Michael Grabner

Right winger

Michael Grabner

Michael Grabner is a right wing who has played for the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs in his career. He was drafted by the Islanders in 2006 and made his NHL debut with them in 2007-08.

Injuries have slowed him down over the past few seasons but he still managed to score 81 goals during that time frame. Grabner has had some success internationally as well, including playing for Austria at both the World Championships and Olympics.

He is currently a free agent after spending last season with HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga where he scored 16 goals in 48 games overall. With experience on all four ends of the ice, Grabner should be an attractive option to many teams this off-season Michael Grabner is a former NHL player who currently plays for EC VSV in the Austrian Hockey League.

2. Michael Grabner was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks 14th overall in 2006, and played with them until he was traded to the New York Rangers in 2013.

In his career, Michael Grabner has scored over 200 points (142 goals and 70 assists) and represented Austria at multiple international tournaments. 4. After leaving the NHL, Michael Grabner signed with EC VSV as their new captain for the 2017-2018 season.

40. Ross Johnston

Left wing

Ross Johnston

Ross Johnston is a 28-year-old Canadian ice hockey player. He has played in the NHL for the New York Islanders since 2018. Johnston's playing style is known for his speed and offensive ability.

He was selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, 79th overall. Johnston has represented Canada at both junior and international levels, including at the World Junior Championships where he won a silver medal in 2013 as well as at multiple IIHF World Championships.

Most recently appearing at the 2019 tournament held in Denmark where Canada finished fourth after losing to Sweden 3-1 in overtime semifinal play Ross Johnston is a left-wing for the New York Islanders and was undrafted in the NHL Draft.

Johnston played collegiate hockey at Notre Dame before turning professional with EHC Biel of Switzerland's National League A (NLA) in 2015-16. He made his debut with the Islanders later that season, scoring four goals and seven assists over 53 games.

In 2018-19, Johnston had career highs in points (14), goals (6), and assists (10). As an unrestricted free agent following the season, he signed a two year contract extension with the Isles on July 1st.

41. Alexei Yashin


Alexei Yashin Career

  • Avtomobilist Sverdlovsk
  • Dynamo Moscow
  • Ottawa Senators
  • CSKA Moscow
  • New York Islanders
  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • SKA Saint Petersburg
  • National team: Olympic flag.svg Unified Team and
  • Russia
  • NHL Draft: 2nd overall, 1992
  • Ottawa Senators

Alexei Yashin is a Russian professional ice hockey player. He was drafted in the third round, 62nd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending eight seasons with Avtomobilist Sverdlovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), he joined SKA Saint Petersburg for the 2010–11 season. 

With SKA, Yashin won two KHL titles and reached five finals, including three consecutive championships from 2011 to 2013.

In 2009, he led Russia to their first-ever World Championship gold medal. He has also played at four Winter Olympics, winning silver medals in 2002 and 2006 as well as bronze medals in 1998 and 2014.

His twin brother Sergei also competed at these games but did not win any medals himself until 2018's PyeongChang Games where they both took home a silver medal together with Russia's men's team.

On 3 May 2016, aged 41 years and 256 days old, Alexei became only the second player ever to score 1000 goals in regular season play when he put one past Viktor Fasth of HC Sochi during an 8–1 victory overHC Minsk.[1] 

One year later on 5 May 2017 at age 42 years 303 days old,[2] Alexei recorded his 2200th career point registering an assist on Valeri Nichushkin’s goal against CSKA Moscow which clinched top spot for SKA Saint Petersburg in their divisional playoffs series.

It would be another two seasons before Alexei added another notch to his belt recording his 2300th career point vs Severstal Cherepovets on 25 April 2019[5].

All told this makes him just the fourth player ever after Wayne Gretzky (988 points), Mario Lemieux (817) & Gordie Howe (801) to record over 2500 points while playing exclusively within one league.

42. Zdeno Chára


Zdeno Chára Career

  • Sparta Praha
  • New York Islanders
  • Dukla Trenčín
  • Ottawa Senators
  • Färjestad BK
  • Boston Bruins
  • Lev Praha
  • Washington Capitals
  • National team: Slovakia
  • NHL Draft: 56th overall, 1996
  • New York Islanders

Chára was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Sparta Praha before joining the Bruins on a free transfer in 2001.

Chára won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011, and again in 2013 as part of an all-star defence corps that also featured Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara. 

He announced his retirement from professional hockey after playing his last game for HC Kladno at age 40 during the 2016–17 Czech Extraliga season.

Chára has been honoured several times with awards, including being named to both the NHL All-Star First Team (2004) and Second Team (2006) as well as making it to three consecutive All-Rookie Teams between 1998–2000 while playing for Detroit Red Wings; he is one of only two players ever to achieve this feat (the other being Chris Chelios).

In 2007, he was awarded The Order of Merit “For Exceptional Achievement” by President Vědecký komisař ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY Jiří Dienstbier at Prague Castle whereupon Prince Philip presented him with his insignia bearing special rank „SSG“ within Czechoslovak Army. 

Finally, Chára became one of very few people who have had their name engraved on two different statues inside the Montreal Canadiens Hall Of Fame – one representing him as a player while another commemorating him posthumously due to injury sustained during playoffs against Ottawa Senators on May 18th 2017.

43. Darius Kasparaitis

Darius Kasparaitis Career

  • Dynamo Moscow
  • New York Islanders
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Colorado Avalanche
  • New York Rangers
  • Ak Bars Kazan
  • SKA Saint Petersburg
  • Hockey Punks Vilnius

Darius Kasparaitis is a Lithuanian-born defenceman who played in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, and most recently, Hartford Wolf Pack.

He was originally drafted by the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2006 after playing for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League. In 2011 he won his first Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh over Vancouver in six games.

After losing to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Final in 2013, Kasparaitis returned to Russia to play with CSKA Moscow before returning to North America two seasons later with Anaheim as an unrestricted free agent. 

He rejoined Pittsburgh at the start of 2017–18 but left them just four months later after failing a drug test which resulted in him being suspended from hockey indefinitely On July 1st 2018, Kasparaitis signed a one-year contract extension with HC Sochi of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Also Played For: hartford wolf pack, pittsburgh penguins

44. Jason Blake


Jason Blake

Jason Blake enjoyed a successful NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the fourth round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

Jason Blake registered 1,193 points over 1023 games played in his 17-year career. In 2006, he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers where he remained until 2010 when he was traded to Dallas Stars.

After spending one season with Dallas Stars, Blake retired from professional hockey at the age of 49 following 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). 

Since retiring from hockey, Blake has taken up coaching and currently holds an assistant coach position with HC Sochi of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Blake is also co-owner and head coach for US Elite Ice Hockey Academy located in Arlington Heights, Illinois which trains players for elite ice hockey clubs around North America including Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs among others Jason married his long time girlfriend Brittany Ladd on July 5th 2017.

45. Pierre Turgeon

Pierre Turgeon Career

  • 1984–85: Bourassa Angevins
  • 1985–86: Granby Bisons
  • 1985–86: Canada
  • 1986–87: Granby Bisons
  • 1987–88: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1988–89: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1989–90: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1990–91: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1991–92: Buffalo Sabres
  • 1991–92: New York Islanders
  • 1992–93: New York Islanders
  • 1993–94: New York Islanders
  • 1994–95: New York Islanders

Turgeon is a skilled centre who has played for six different teams in fourteen seasons. He began his career with the Quebec Remparts before moving to the Hartford Wolf Pack, then on to the Nashville Predators and finally ending up in Montreal.

Pierre has racked up over 600 points during his career, including 50 goals and 200 assists. Turgeon was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009 as part of its second class of inductees, along with Jaromir Jagr and Ray Bourque. 

Pierre retired from playing professionally after the 2013-14 season but remains a highly respected commentator on hockey broadcasts across North America Pierre Turgeon was drafted 1st overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1987 NHL Draft.

Pierre played his entire career with the Sabres, amassing over 500 points during that time. He also appeared in over 1000 games and helped lead Buffalo to two Stanley Cup titles (1991, 1993). 

After leaving the Sabres in 2007, Pierre joined Montreal as a free agent and won another championship with them in 2011. 

He retired from playing at age 41 after that season. Pierre is currently an assistant coach for the Islanders organization and has been involved with several youth hockey programs across North America since retiring from playing professionally.

Pierre is considered one of the most successful Canadian players ever, having represented his country at multiple international tournaments including World Championships and Olympic Games alike.

46. Austin Czarnik


Austin Czarnik Career

  • 2009–10: U.S. NTDP U18
  • 2010–11: Green Bay Gamblers
  • 2011–12: Miami RedHawks
  • 2012–13: Miami RedHawks
  • 2013–14: Miami RedHawks
  • 2014–15: Miami RedHawks
  • 2014–15: Providence Bruins
  • 2015–16: Providence Bruins
  • 2016–17: Boston Bruins

Austin Czarnik is a talented center for the Boston Bruins. He was drafted by the Bruins in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Austin has played in 233 games with Boston, scoring 38 goals and adding 73 assists for 119 points.

In 2016-17 he had 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 points in 82 games played, helping lead Boston to their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Austin is married to Ashley Kucharski and they have two children - Aiden (born November 14th, 2013) and Addison (born December 1st, 2015).

Outside of hockey, Austin enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf Austin Czarnik is a forward for the Boston Bruins. He has played in 149 games over three seasons with the team, scoring 18 goals and 34 assists. 

Austin was drafted by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft but never made it to an NHL game with them before being traded to Boston in January of 2015.

In his first full season with Boston, he finished fourth on the team in points (37) and helped lead them to their first Stanley Cup since 2011. The following year he improved upon those numbers, finishing third onBostoninpoints(46)and helping lead them back to the Stanley Cup Finals where they were once again defeated by Pittsburgh Penguins. 

In 2018-19, Austin had a breakout season playing alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand as one of the top line torpedo artists in hockey; tallying 31 goals and 55 assists for 88 points which placed him second overall among forwards behind only Patrick Kane.

Also Played For: providence bruins

47. Simon Holmström

Right winger

Simon Holmström is a talented young player who has impressed at both youth levels and in the Swedish second division. He made his professional debut with Malmo FF in October 2016, scoring on his league debut in a 2-1 victory over AIK.

In total, he has made eight appearances for Malmo FF so far and has also been called up to Sweden's under-21 side. Simon Holmström is likely to be one of the stars of this summer's UEFA European Under-17 Championship as Sweden look to defend their title from last year.

His speed, trickery and technical ability make him an exciting player to watch and he will be hoping to establish himself as a regular first team player at Malmo FF this season Simon Holmström was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 23rd round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Simon started his playing career with HV71 in Sweden before joining the NYI organization during their inaugural season in 2017-18. He has appeared in 97 games for the Islanders, scoring 10 goals and adding 18 assists along the way. 

In 2018-19, he spent time with HC Davos of Switzerland where he tallied 7 goals and 12 assists over 48 games played.

Simon is currently a part of Team Sweden at the World Championship tournament which takes place from May 14th to June 17th.

48. Trent Hunter


Trent Hunter

Trent Hunter was drafted by the New York Islanders in the 4th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Hunter has played for six different teams during his career, including stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.

He made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with the Vancouver Canucks in 2009 and has since appeared in 16 playoffs games overall. In 2017-18 he signed a two-year contract with HC Slovan Bratislava of Slovakia's Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). 

Trent is married to Kimberly and they have three children - daughters Sydney Brooke and Kennedy Rosemary, and son Tripp Christopher - all of whom are hockey players themselves.

Trent Hunter was a right wing for the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played in 2000-2002 with the New York Islanders and 2002-2012 with the LA Kings. 

Trent Hunter had his best years statistically while playing for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim where he recorded 114 points (35 goals, 79 assists) in 208 games over that time period. After leaving hockey Trent Hunter became a real estate agent and owns an agency called "The Agency".

In 2013 Trent Hunter married his long term girlfriend Alyssa Wheeler and they have two children together - son Reilly (born October 3rd, 2007) and daughter Lily Rose (born March 17th, 2010). 

On December 29th 2016 it was announced that Trent Hunter had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma which he will be fighting through chemotherapy.

49. Kyle Palmieri

Right winger

Kyle Palmieri

Kyle Palmieri is a 31-year-old right wing who has played in the NHL for eight seasons, most recently with the New Jersey Devils. He was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2006 NHL Draft and made his debut with them that season.

After two seasons with Anaheim, he was traded to Boston where he spent four years before being signed by New Jersey as a free agent in 2016. Palmieri has scored over 100 points six times during his career and is known for his speed, scoring skills and hard work on ice.

In 2017-18, Palmieri had a career year offensively posting 36 goals and 97 points – both team highs – helping lead New Jersey to their first Stanley Cup championship since 2003. 

Kyle Palmieri is a right-handed shooter who was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2009. Kyle has played for the New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, and now plays with the New Jersey Devils.

Kyle has represented his country at both junior and senior levels, winning gold medals at each level. As of 2016-17 season, Kyle had accrued over 220 points in 284 games played throughout his career thus far.

50. Wayne Merrick

Wayne Merrick Career

  • 1970–71: Ottawa 67's
  • 1971–72: Ottawa 67's
  • 1972–73: St. Louis Blues
  • 1972–73: Denver Spurs
  • 1973–74: St. Louis Blues

Wayne Merrick was born in 1952 in Sarnia, Ontario. He played centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1971 to 1979 and then for the Vancouver Canucks from 1980 to 1987.

He won a Stanley Cup with the Maple Leafs in 1976 and another one with Vancouver in 1982. After his playing career ended, Wayne Merrick became a coach with both the Canucks and Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 2000.

In 2002 he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as part of its Builder's category along with former NHL players Pat LaFontaine, Rick Martin and Larry Robinson; fellow builders were Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Lester B Pearson respectively).

Wayne Merrick is currently an advisor to Team Canada at international events such as IIHF World Championships and Olympic Games where he helps out by giving motivational speeches or serving on advisory panels.

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51. Thomas Greiss


Thomas Greiss Career

  • 2003–04: Kölner Haie
  • 2004–05: Kölner Haie
  • 2004–05: Eisbären Regensburg
  • 2005–06: Kölner Haie
  • 2006–07: Fresno Falcons
  • 2006–07: Worcester Sharks
  • 2007–08: Worcester Sharks

Thomas Greiss is a goaltender in the NHL who has played for the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins. Greiss was born on January 29, 1986 in Füssen, West Germany.

He is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 220 pounds (100 kilograms). As a goaltending prospect, Greiss was drafted by the St Louis Blues in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft but only ever played one game with them before being traded to Pittsburgh at the 2012 trade deadline for David Perron and Brenden Morrow .

In 115 games with Pittsburgh between 2013-2015, he posted an impressive record of 71 wins, 36 losses, 4 ties and 2 overtime losses while posting a GAA of 2.28 goals against average during that time frame which helped him win his first Vezina Trophy as best goaltender in hockey that season. 

However, after spending just over half a season with Vegas Golden Knights , where he again led all goalies statistically (.927 save percentage).

It was announced this past summer that he would be returning to his former team St Louis Blues who were struggling mightily at the time without their Number 1 goalie Brian Elliott due to injury.

Final Words

. . The New York Islanders are a professional hockey team based in Elmont, NY that compete in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team has had some great players over the years and many of them have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Some of their best players include Mike Milbury, Denis Potvin, John Tavares and Jaromir Jagr.

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Brandon McNally

I have been playing hockey my whole life. I am currently a professional hockey player with the Calgary Flames. I am also a part time coach at the University of Calgary and the head coach of the Calgary Northstars Minor Hockey Association. I have always wanted to be an NHL player and I am very excited to be one! My hobbies are playing hockey, coaching, and spending time with my family. LinkedIn

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