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New York Islanders Three Prospects Making A Ton of Noise

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: (l-r) Chris and Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are 2-1-0 to start the 2018-19 NHL season, the team looks good now. And based on how some prospects are doing, the Isles could look good for years.

Before the start of the 2018-19 NHL season, the New York Islanders were ranked as having the fifth best prospect pool in the NHL (subscription required). After drafting two top ten prospects in last years NHL draft its easy to see why they ranked so high.

The Islanders added Oliver Wahlstrom selected with the eleventh overall pick and Noah Dobson with the 12th overall pick in 2018 to an already impressive collection of prospects.

(That second pick came to the Isles courtesy of the Calgary Flames in exchange for Travis Hamonic.)

They already have Josh Ho-Sang and Devon Toews knocking at the door for an NHL spot. They would have made the team this season if it wasn’t loaded with bottom six players at the forward position and the seven spot given to a 28-year-old PTO.

Sprinkle in Kieffer Bellows who had an outstanding training camp, Michael Dal Colle who was a top-five pick in 2014, Sebastian Aho who could also be in the NHL right now, and the Islanders have a deep and exciting prospect pool.

Checking in on three Islanders prospects should fill you with as much glee as Josh Bailey being a point-per-game player. All three are performing as advertised if not better. And in one case the player is playing way better than we’ve seen for years and may finally be on a road to redemption.

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