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New York Islanders Top Five Prospects In the System

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 Bruce Bennett/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 Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 16: Otto Koivula #48 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Otto Koivula

The Islanders have prospect depth in just about every position. On the back-end, they have Dobson, Wilde, and Aho. At right-wing they have Oliver Wahlstrom and Josh Ho-Sang. On the left, its Kieffer Bellows and Michael Dal Colle. In nets, they have Ilya Sorokin and Linus Soderstrom.

Down the middle, they have Otto Koivula.

Koivula wasn’t even a center when the season started. The big 6’4″ forward started out as a winger. But Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson saw something in the big Finn and decided to play him at center.

It worked. Koivula would finish his first season in North America with 46 points in 69 games.

He’s given the Islanders an option down the middle where they didn’t have one before. He’s not NHL ready yet, but he’s probably a year or two away from being in the NHL.

Koivula has been impressive, but its only year one. He ranks so high simply because of his position. The Islanders need centers and at the moment Koivula is the only one the Isles got.

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