Islanders Prospects

Islanders prospects report: Focus on last five draft classes

Otto Koivula #21 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Otto Koivula #21 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New York Islanders prospect Ruslan Iskhakov. Photo property of TPS. Used by permission of Eero Tuominen (TPS Head of Marketing and Communications). /

2018

Bode Wilde (AHL | 21yo)
Season stats: 2GP
Second-round pick (41 OVR)

We haven’t seen enough of him yet this year, but there’s a lot to like in Wilde’s game. He big, fast, creative, and skates very well. A “full” year under Brent Thompson should help him.

Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS | 20yo)
Season stats: 30GP, 4G, 16A, 20pts
Second-round pick (43 OVR)

TPS is currently playing as I type this, so perhaps his stats change by the time you read this.

After a slow start, Iskhakov has turned it on with TPS, recording 13 points over his last 14 games. He’s a wildly creative (but undersized) forward. I expect he’ll be signed to an ELC next year. I also expect him to play on the winger rather than down the middle even though the Isles have little center depth.

Jakub Skarek (AHL | 21yo)
Season stats: 3GP, 4.06GAA, 0.857SV%
Third-round pick (72 OVR)

It hasn’t been a great start to the season for Skarek, but I don’t believe he’s the problem. The Czech goalie has shown quality for the Sound Tigers, the team in front of him can’t seem to play well in the third period

Jacob Pivonka (Notre Dame | 20yo)
Season stats: 22GP, 1G, 3A, 4pts
Fourth-round pick (103 OVR)

He’s great on the faceoff with a 60.8% efficiency on the dot. He ranks 39th for efficiency, that doesn’t sound “great” but he takes a ton of draws for Notre Dame. He doesn’t seem to provide much else. I’m sure the Isles sign him to an AHL deal, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they don’t.

Blade Jenkins (AHL | 20yo)
Season stats: 1GP
Fifth-round pick (134 OVR)

Like most players in the AHL, it’s a bit early to judge him. He’s played a single game so far in this young (and short) season.

Christian Krygier (Michigan State | 20yo)
Season stats: 18GP, 1G, 2A, 3pts
Seventh-round pick (196 OVR)

He doesn’t put up points, but he’s a good shutdown defenseman. He’s still got a year of college eligibility so I don’t imagine the Islanders will bring him in just yet.

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