Or because his team played in the playoffs and he played very well and other fans got to see it...
Pretty much this. If and when the Islanders make the playoffs, prepare for Pierre to go off on one of his tirades about Hamonic ALL SERIES LONG. Then he's going to be rated as a much better Dman.
Not because his play is significantly, better, but because his name is thrown out there more. This is a popularity contest. I watch EVERY Islander game and about 85% of the Rangers. They're VERY close.
How many Ranger fans watch more than 20 Islander games? Almost none I'd bet.