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New York Islanders Blue Chip Prospects Update

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Bode Wilde poses after being selected 41st by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Bode Wilde poses after being selected 41st by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by 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 Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Oliver Wahlstrom | RW

Production: 7G, 7A, 14pts (26GP)
It’s taken a while, and even a bit of drama, but Oliver Wahlstrom has started putting up points for Boston College. He’s currently sitting with 14 points in 26 games played. But consider the following.

In his first 13 games with BC, Wahlstrom put up just four points (three goals and one assist). Not a great return for a player we thought could hit the NHL as early as next season. It was such a slow start that there was even speculation that he might leave the NCAA to play elsewhere.

But in his preceding 13 games, he’s turned it up, putting in another four goals and six helpers. That includes a three-game stretch between January 26th and February fourth where he scored five points.

It seems that Wahlstrom is back on track to be the player everyone thought he could be at the collegiate level. What comes next season will be interesting.

Will he opt to go the Kieffer Bellows route and head to another league for more reps before jumping to the NHL?

He could make the jump to the AHL next season. By the start of next season, he will be 19 years old and if the NHL is the ultimate goal there’s no better place to be than the Bridgeport Sound Tigers where you’re never too far for a quick call up.

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