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New York Islanders: Oliver Wahlstrom Flashes Potential In AHL

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Oliver Wahlstrom #18 skates in the third period during the game against the Omaha Lancers on Day 3 of the USHL Fall Classic at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on September 30, 2017 in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Oliver Wahlstrom #18 skates in the third period during the game against the Omaha Lancers on Day 3 of the USHL Fall Classic at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on September 30, 2017 in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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2018 New York Islanders first-round selection, Oliver Wahlstrom looked good in his ATO with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers producing seven points.

Some were worried about Oliver Wahlstrom after a down year at Boston College. The New York Islanders prospect had just 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 36 games at the NCAA level this past season.

While clearly, those numbers aren’t great, people I guess had a short memory. The Isles 2016 first round pick, Kieffer Bellows did the same thing during his brief college stint. It seems like nobody puts up points in the NCAA so it isn’t the greatest league to evaluate scoring talent.

After his seasons at BC came to a close, he came over the Sound Tigers on an ATO. In the regular season, he was pretty solid. He netted two goals and an assist in five games. His playoff performance was even more impressive.

The 18-year-old had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the Sound Tigers five-game series with the Hershey Bears. That’s the kind of production that we can expect from Oliver Wahlstrom.

At the end of March, Oliver Wahlstrom signed his entry-level contract. Perhaps that’s a sign we will be seeing more of Oliver Wahlstrom in the Islanders system in 2019-2020. He certainly has the talent, and it’d be nice to get a right-handed scorer in here sooner rather than later.

With Kieffer Bellows, Oliver Wahlstrom, and Noah Dobson not that far off the Isles have a lot of young pieces that should be added to the roster in either 2019 or 2020. This team is not even close to reaching its potential.

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