New York Islanders Top 10 Prospects In the System in 2018
The New York Islanders drafted in 2018 a player that models his game after Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine. Over the last two NHL seasons, Ovechkin and Laine are numbers one and two on the list of top goal scorers.
With 48 goals in 62 games for the USNDP and another 22 goals in 26 games for the USNDP junior team. That’s 70 goals in 88 games. Wahlstrom certainly has the stats to back up that inspiration. He’s a pure goal scorer.
And Wahlstrom isn’t just a good shot from the faceoff circle like Ovechkin and Laine are known for. The eleventh overall draft pick in 2018 has silky soft hands. Hands that were on full display at the Isles mini-camp in June.
You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to the fans after being selected just days earlier. If there was any doubt to the Islanders taking him eleventh overall and why he fell so far in the draft it was gone the second he put the puck in the net.
There’s no room for Oliver Wahlstrom on the team this year. But looking forward to 2019-20 Oliver Wahlstrom should be on the team. It’s a stretch but I can’t stop seeing Mathew Barzal teeing up Wahlstrom a-la Bastrom and Ovechkin.