The World Junior Summer Showcase gets underway in a few days. A few New York Islanders prospects will feature prominently. Here’s who they are, and who they’ll play for. As well as who isn’t playing.
The World Junior Championships are far away, but a few top national programs participating in a summer tournament to try to figure out who they’ll invite. Five New York Islanders prospects will be playing in the 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase.
The tournament goes from July 26th to August 3rd in Plymouth, Michigan. Four national teams will play. Team USA, Canada, Sweden, and Finland.
The week-long tournament is a tune-up for some of the top national programs at the junior level before the junior championship that takes place at the end of the year.
The Isles Five
Five New York Islanders players will take part in the tournament. All five are from Team USA. Some players are names that we’re already familiar with, other players we’ve only heard in passing.
It will be nice to get some eyes on Bode Wilde and Oliver Wahlstrom as they try to take the next steps in their NHL careers. I don’t expect either to actually make the NHL roster, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have something to prove.
For Bode Wilde, it’s to prove that his 19 goals and 70 points from last season were no fluke. For Wahlstrom the opposite is true. He wants nothing more than to show his 19 points with BC was nothing but a fluke.
A single week tournament won’t change that narrative entirely, but it’s a start that both will want to take.
Noah Dobson was originally named to the Canadian team. But on Tuesday his name was removed. There’s no reason to think he won’t be invited to the actual tournament (assuming he isn’t in the NHL).
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The Isles 2019 first-round pick, Simon Holmstrom wasn’t named to the Swedish team. After the injury-plagued season he had, perhaps it’s for the best. He’ll have plenty of time to prove himself during the season.