Instead of sending Simon Holmstrom back to Sweden the New York Islanders decided to keep him around in the AHL which is a great sign for the youngster.
In the 2019 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders were the first team to go off the board with their pick. With 23rd overall pick, the Islanders decided to go with Simon Holmstrom who many had mocked in the second round.
With Holmstrom it wasn’t about talent, it was about staying healthy, which is something he struggled with during the entirety of the 2018-2019 season.
When Simon Holmstrom first came over for rookie camp he was sidelined because he blocked a shot in Sweden before coming over. He missed the first week or so of camp and he was only able to play in one preseason game.
He must’ve done something the Islanders liked because instead of sending him back to HV71, Lou Lamoriello decided to keep him close by. Holmstrom was assigned to Bridgeport.
This was always a possibility because he recently signed his ELC, but I think the expectation was for him to go back to Sweden for one more year. This is a great sign for the 18-year-old, as now he is added to an AHL team that is stacked with talent.
Holmstrom joins the likes of Oliver Wahlstrom, Kieffer Bellows, Josh Ho-Sang, Otto Koivula, Bode Wilde, Thomas Hickey, and the rest of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. This is a team that, theoretically, should be very good, at least on paper.
In 21 games played last year in the SuperElit, he had 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in 21 games.
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