Countdown: 20 Days Until Opening Night

At number 20 in the countdown are two players on opposite ends of the spectrum that brought different things to the Islanders. The first is Ray Ferraro who played four-plus seasons for the Islanders in the early 1990s.

ferraroFerraro was acquired in November of 1990 from the Hartford Whalers, a lopsided trade that in retrospect the Islanders won easily. In each year for the Islanders, he scored around 15 or 20 goals, but in 1991-92 he had a career year. He scored 40 goals and 40 assists for a career high 80 points in 80 games. He would make the All-Star Game that season.

The following year, Ferraro missed nearly half the season after breaking his leg in December. He would return in the season’s final weeks and play an important role for the Islanders in the playoffs. He led the team in playoff goals that year with 13 in 18 games including assisting David Volek on his famous overtime winner in Pittsburgh. But Ferraro would have two overtime winners of his own that are less remembered, in the previous series against the Washington Capitals. In Game Three, the Islanders overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period and Ferraro would score the winner in OT. He would also score the winner in the second overtime of Game Four.

Also at #20 is Steve Webb, who didn’t score a lot of goals but was a fan favorite on the team in the early 00s. Webb played eight seasons on Long Island between 1996 and 2004, racking up 530 penalty minutes and earning a reputation for hitting anything that moves and hitting those things really hard.

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Neil Nicholson (1973-1978)
Richard Grenier (1973)
Dave Pulkkinen (1973)
Bob Nystrom (1973)
Doug Rombough (1974-1975)
Alex McKendry (1978)
Yvon Vautour (1980)
Mats Hallin (1983-1985)
Dale Henry (1986-1990)
Greg Parks (1991)
Ray Ferraro (1992-1995)
Bob Sweeney (1996)
Brent Hughes (1997)
Bryan Smolinski (1998-1999)
Jamie Rivers (2000)
Steve Webb (2001-2004)
Eric Manlow (2004)
Richard Zednik (2007)
Sean Bergenheim (2008-2010)
James Wisniewski (2011)
Evgeni Nabokov (2012-2013)