Age: 19 years, 125 days
Wahlstrom is a player New York Islanders fans have been excited about since the team picked him 11th overall in the 2018 NHL entry draft. He was the first selection made by the Islanders under the management of Lou Lamoriello.
Scouts touted Wahlstrom’s pro-level shot and instinct-driven play from the beginning. He is an offensively dynamic winger (!) with the skating, IQ, and shot of a real deal modern NHL’er.
Though he didn’t register a point in his NHL debut on Monday, Wahlstrom showed off all the skills (and a few more) that got him drafted early in the 1st round. A couple of times he found himself in-tight with the puck on his tape against Blues netminder Jordan Binnington.
The most impressive of these opportunities saw him create a scoring chance in a high danger area. He grabbed the puck off the half boards and dangled away from a couple of Blues defenders to put a backhander on net in the low slot.
Wahlstrom’s play embodies the archetype of a young NHL forward in this burgeoning era of speed, finesse, and scoring ability.