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New York Islanders: Give Oliver Wahlstrom A Chance If Eberle Is Hurt

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Oliver Wahlstrom #54 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Oliver Wahlstrom #54 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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If Jordan Eberle is out for an extended period of time, the New York Islanders should give Oliver Wahlstrom a chance in the top six.

The New York Islanders are roughly five hours away from puck drop for their annual Columbus Day matinee game. While it seems unlikely that there will be any changes to the roster at this point, one might be needed for the future after today.

Jordan Eberle left with an injury on Saturday night and we didn’t really get an update on it after the game. For today, the Islanders are just going to have to make due. Long-term, the Isles can’t continue to put the likes of Tom Kuhnhackl and Cal Clutterbuck in the top six.

If Jordan Eberle is out for an extended period of time, Oliver Wahlstrom should get called up. In three preseason games, Wahlstrom had one point but looked like he could hold his own against NHL competition.

Through four games at the AHL level this year, he has three points (1 goal, 2 assists). Now, in 14 career games in the AHL (regular season and playoffs) he has 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists).

While this might be a little early into his development the Islanders are in a desperate situation. He would provide a higher ceiling than Micahel Dal Colle, Tom Kuhnhackl, Cal Clutterbuck, or whoever else currently on the Islanders roster that they could put in a top-six role to replace Eberle.

At just 19 years old it’s a big-time ask from the Islanders, with that being said they don’t have a ton of options.

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