The New York Islanders have a ton of quality in their system. Focusing on a few prospects in the Islanders system highlights that.
Its early in the 2018-19 season, I know, but the New York Islanders are already 2-1-0 on the season after some strong displays against some of the big boys in the league. The Islanders, contrary to what we thought as the season started, are doing well.
Looking at their prospects shows that not only are the Islanders good now, but they’ll be good for a while.
In the CHL, two of the Islanders defensive picks from the 2018 draft are on fire. Noah Dobson is already putting up a point-per-game for the Acadie-Bathurst Titans. And Bode Wilde has eight points in his first six games.
In the NCAA, Oliver Wahlstrom has been given the rookie of the week honors for two goals in Boston College’s exhibition win against the New Brunswick Varsity Reds.
Over in Europe both Islanders goalies, Jakub Skarek and Ilya Sorokin have sub-2.00 GAAs and above a 0.920 SV%. While Anatoly Golishev has scored 12 points in 14 games played in the KHL.
Oh! And we forgot about Michael Dal Colle scoring four points in his first two games!
Things look good for the Isles in the years to come.
What Else Do We Talk About?
The Isles are 2-1-0 to open the season, what have we learned so far with this incredibly small sample size? Aside from the fact that Valtteri Filppula is out to show everyone that he deserved that full no move clause that Lou Lamoriello gave him.
Matt wrote 25 bold predictions for the 2018-19 season. We dive into a handful of them. Like can Mathew Barzal eclipse 90 points this season? When will Devon Toews be called up to the NHL? Will the New York Islanders have more than a single pick in the first round of the draft in 2019?
Josh Bailey is doing that hockey. In his first three games, Bailey has four points. That production is significantly testing the theory that he was a by-product of John Tavares.
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