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New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 21: Simon Holmstrom poses for a portrait after being selected twenty-third overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 21, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

Number 14: Simon Holmstrom (Right-Wing) | Age: 18

HV71 U20: 7G, 13A, 20PTS
We were all surprised and confused when the Islanders selected Simon Holmstrom 23rd overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. We just hadn’t heard of him before they called his name. Most of us had to scramble to his Elite-Prospect page to figure out who he was.

I famously wrote that he was a defender on draft night. He is very much not a defender but a winger.

By all accounts, Holmstrom is a talented player. He has explosive speed and has “remarkable passing ability”. But Holmstrom should have been available in the second round. Which lead to everyone’s confusion, why jump the gun on him?

It has to mean that the organization absolutely love Simon Holmstrom. They didn’t want to risk leaving him on the board after pick number 23. So they took him.

His draft stock was so low due to injury concerns. It’s why he only played 21 games last season. But if the organization and their scouts love this kid so much maybe we should take notice and try to see what they see.

He might just return to HV71 and play a full season with their senior team in 2019-20. But he’s already signed his ELC with the club so he could play in the AHL this season.

I’m ready to see what Holmstrom can bring in 2019-20 and to see why the organization is so high on this kid.

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