2018 NHL Draft
First Round: Oliver Wahlstrom (RW) 11th, Noah Dobson (D) 12th
Noah Dobson has already made the jump to the NHL and already picked up a point in his first game with the New York Islanders.
Oliver Wahlstrom went pro at the end of last season and has been on fire ever since. In seven regular-season games for the Sound Tigers between 2018-19 and 2019-20, Wahlstrom has five points. Clearly, those 19 points in 36 games with Boston College were not a true representation of his abilities.
Second Round: Bode Wilde (D) 41st, Ruslan Iskhakov (C) 43rd
Bode Wilde was the steal of the 2018 draft. Taken in the second round, this clear first-rounder put up 73 points in the OHL last season. We didn’t get to see him compete for a roster spot at camp this year due to injury, but once he’s good to go expect him to suit up for the Sound Tigers. Yet another talented player to add to the mix in the AHL.
Iskhakov is small (5’7″) but he’s incredibly talented. The young Russian put up 21 points in 32 games for the University of Connecticut last season. This year, in a single game, played, he already has a point to his name. It looks like he picked up where he left off last season.
Third Round: Jakub Skarek (G) 72nd overall
Skarek is the only goalie the Islanders drafted between 2017 and 2019. The Czech goalie is already playing in North America. He’s not with the Sound Tigers, but he’s with the Islanders ECHL affiliate in Worchester. He isn’t far away.
Last season, Skarek played 22 games for the Lahti Pelicans of the Finnish Liiga and averaged a 2.45GAA and 0.900SV%. With a 72 game season in the ECHL, you have to think he’ll get more reps than that this year.
Fourth Round: Jake Pivonka (C) 103rd overall
His ten points last season weren’t anything to write home about. Perhaps the center can take a step forward in his sophomore year with Notre Dame.
Fifth Round: Blade Jenkins (LW) 134th overall
He had a great year last season with 23 goals and 59 points. Through nine games with the Saginaw Spirit this season, he already has four points. Can he get even better? So far, Blade Jenkins looks like a shrewd pick at 134th overall.
Seventh Round: Christian Krygier (D) 196th overall
He only put up two points last season. But he still got a call up for Team USA at the World Junior Summer Showcase this year. And he impressed. He picked up three helpers in the two games he played. The Hockey News’s Ryan Kennedy has him as the 58th name on his 100 players to watch in the NCAA this season. So keep your eyes on that Michigan State sophomore blueliner.