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New York Islanders Gotta See It: Oliver Wahlstrom Scores First AHL Goal

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)
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)
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New York Islanders first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft has scored his first professional goal, and it was a beauty.

Selected eleventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders, Oliver Wahlstrom was drafted for his sublime goal-scoring potential.

The American skater was rated as one of the

best goal scorers in the 2018 entry draft

. There was a ton of hype surrounding Wahlstrom when the Isles selected him, and now he’s scored his first professional goal, and it’s exactly what the Islanders are going to need in the future.

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With the Sound Tigers on the power play, defenseman Mitch Vande Sompel feeds Wahlstrom on the left faceoff circle for the one-timer. With a clean and powerful release, Wahlstrom did what he does best, finds the back of the net.

How about that shot? He’s not quite in the Alex Ovechkin “office”, but there are shades of ‘Ovie’ all over that goal.

How different would the New York Islanders power play look like with that type of shot from the left side? Accurate, powerful, and finds the twine. It certainly wouldn’t be 29th in the league with a 14.6 percent efficiency.

After a disappointing season with Boston College that saw the first rounder score only 19 points in 36 games, we didn’t know know what to expect as he made his foray into the professional ranks.

It’s still early, but we’ve already caught a glimpse of what the hype was all about with Oliver Wahlstrom.

And Wahlstrom is only 18 years old. That’s right, he won’t turn 19-years-old until June 13th, 2019. He’s so young and has so much time to develop into that player Lou Lamoriello drafted eleventh overall.

It’s clear there’s something to be excited for with Oliver Wahlstrom. This goal is going to be the first of many. Good things are coming in the Isles system.

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