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New York Islanders: Top 10 Prospects For 2019-2020

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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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)

Number 8: Otto Koivula (Center | Age: 20)

In his first year in the AHL, Otto Koivula really turned heads. He finished the year with 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) in 69 games. What’s even more impressive is he did this while switching from wing to center.

Koivula’s success at center has put him on a fast track as the next prospect up in terms of the center position. He has 3C written all over him at the next level with his style of play. It might not be this year but in the near future, Koivula looks destined for a bottom-six role with the big club.

Number 7: Sebastian Aho (Defense | Age: 23)

The New York Islanders selected Sebastian Aho in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. In that same year, he made his NHL debut. A rarity for someone taken that late. He played in 22 games with the Islanders and put up four points. Nothing to write home about but he was a fine third pairing guy.

This past year, he spent the entirety of the season in the AHL and had 46 points (9 goals, 37 assists) in 67 games. Aho could easily be the seventh d-man on this team right now and if a left-handed defenseman is moved he could push for time with the NHL squad right now.

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