Anatoli Golyshev | GP: 21, Pts: 19
The 23-year-old Russian is on pace to have a great 2018-19 season. With 19 points in 21 games, he’s on pace for 51 points this season. A return that would be his greatest in his six-year KHL career.
His previous best return was in 2015-16 where he played a full 56 game season and scored 44 points. Golyshev is on pace to crush that previous return. Which is why the Isles took a chance at drafting his NHL rights in the fourth round of 2016.
Golyshev’s career pace might have something to do with two former NHLers in Nigel Dawes and Stephane Da Costa that he’s playing with.
Dawes last played for the Montreal Canadiens in 2010-11 and has been in the KHL ever since. He may not have been a great NHLer, but in the KHL he’s got great production. This season Dawes is currently the leading scorer in the KHL.
Stephane Da Costa last played in the NHL in 2013-14 for the Ottawa Senators. The French-born Da Costa made the switch to the KHL the following season. Playing for CSKA Moscow and now Yekaterinburg Avtomobilitst (with a brief stop in the SHL) Da Costa has consistently put up good numbers.
Imagine putting Golyshev next to NHL caliber talent.
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The New York Islanders farm system must be an envy of the league. Not only do they have young talented players that could make the NHL roster today, but they have some ready in a year from now and a few years from that. Things look good for a while Isles fans.