Only a few Islanders have dared to wear lucky number 13, the first of which was Claude LaPointe who played for the team in the late 1990s. He was signed as a free agent during the summer of 1996 and spent six seasons playing for the Islanders.
Lapointe was built from the small, speedy cut of players like Michael Grabner and Jason Blake albeit which much less scoring acumen. Imagine Michael Grabner’s breakaways, but infinitely more frustrating. Lapointe was also an excellent penalty killer, some years it felt like he literally was the penalty kill. He scored 11 shorthanded goals over his Islanders career, good for 8th all time on the Islanders and he would be second on that list if you remove the dynasty era Islanders from the high-scoring eighties.
Lapointe, who played on a lot of terrible Islander teams, did finally make the playoffs with the team in 2001-02. The following season he would be shipped to the Flyers at the trade deadline for a 5th round pick.
Claude Lapointe (1997-2003)
Bill Guerin (2008-2009)
Rob Schremp (2010)
Colin McDonald (2013)