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New York Islanders Podcast: Top 5 Prospects Going into 2019 Season

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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The New York Islanders have a number of promising prospects in the system. Who ranks in the Isles top five prospects?

New York Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello seems to have a plan for the 2019-20 season; its to trust the system. If a gap in the roster needs to be filled the system should fill it.

With the number of quality prospects in the Islanders system, it’s not a terrible plan. Just last season, the New York Islanders were seen as having the fifth-best farm system by The Athletic’s Cory Pronman (subscription required).

Even with Devon Toews jumping to the NHL, that ranking shouldn’t change much. Elite-Prospects just ranked the Isles system as the seventh-best in the NHL. That’s the strength of their system. Even when one of their top prospects makes the jump to the NHL they don’t suffer.

So what, and when, can the New York Islanders move any of these deals? Matt and I spend half an hour discussing who our top five New York Islanders prospects are.  Get this exclusive Patreon podcast here.

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We both made our individual lists of the top five players in the New York Islanders system. The criteria? Whatever we decided when we made our lists.

We both highly rate Ilya Sorokin. He’s without a doubt the best goalie not currently playing in the NHL. But we can’t agree on where he sits in the overall top-five ranking of Islanders prospects.

What about our number one prospect? Looking at Corey Pronman’s ranking from last year Oliver Wahlstrom was the New York Islanders top prospect in the system. But with 19 points with Boston College, is he still the number one guy for the Islanders?

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