New York Islanders: Prospect System Ranked 16th
By Matt O'Leary
After being ranked in the top-five last year, the New York Islanders farm system is ranked 16th by Corey Pronman and The Athletic for 2019-2020.
Just last year, the New York Islanders had the fifth-best farm system in the league. With Michael Dal Colle, Devon Toews, and Josh Ho-Sang graduating off the prospect list the system took a significant hit in this year’s rankings.
Now, the Islanders come in at 16th in the league according to Corey Pronman of The Athletic. Noah Dobson, to no surprise, leads the way for Islanders prospects. He’s the most NHL ready and he had the best year for Islanders prospects.
Oliver Wahlstrom, Otto Koivula, Bode Wilde, and Kieffer Bellows round out the top-five. Wahlstrom and Bellows are coming off down years but they’re still highly regarded by scouts across the league.
Coming in at six and seven is Ilya Sorokin and Ruslan Iskhakov. Sorokin is a little low on this list for my liking, while Iskhakov’s ranking is more than fair. After seventh, though the Isles prospects take a big step back.
Simon Holstrom is right there at eight. While he’s a first-rounder he has question marks due to health concerns. Beyond that, it’s not a really exciting list.
I was expecting the Islanders to drop a little bit but going from five to 16 is a bit jarring. It just goes to show you how quickly things change in the NHL. There’s still talent in this prospect pool of course, but maybe prospect hugging isn’t the best idea. Don’t be afraid to move a top-five prospect if a trade for an elite player comes up.
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