New York Islanders: 3 Prospects In The Top 50
By Matt O'Leary
The New York Islanders have a talented prospect pool, including three prospects who are ranked in the top 50 in the entire league.
Every year around this time, rankings of all kinds begin to flood out. This time, we’ll take a look at some prospects and how the New York Islanders have three prospects in the Top 50 according to The Athletic.
In the prelude to the ranking, Scott Wheeler actually has an entire section dedicated to Ilya Sorokin. Sorokin doesn’t make the list because he’s over 23 years old but Wheeler makes sure to show him some love as an ineligible honorary mention.
The top-ranked Isles prospect is Noah Dobson, coming in at 21. This is really no surprise as Dobson has all the tools you look for in a young defenseman and he’s the closest to being NHL ready. He’ll have a real chance to make the Islanders roster in September.
Coming in at 45 is Oliver Wahlstrom. Wahlstrom, coming off a poor season, still might be the best pure scorer from his draft class just last year. Wheeler notes that he may need a full year at the AHL level before seeing time in the NHL.
Right after Wahlstrom at 46 is Bode Wilde. Three picks from the 2018 draft class crack the top 50 (good job, Lou). Wilde will start the year in the AHL, and despite being behind Dobson in the prospect pool, he seems to have a legit chance to be very good at the next level.
All three of these guys should be able to play at the next level for the Islanders in an impact role. It’s just a matter of when not if.
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