Islanders Podcast Preview: Oliver Wahlstrom Is On Fire & The Power Play
By Matt O'Leary
Since the last time we spoke, the Islanders are 3-0-1 and now sit tied for the lead in points in the Eastern Division with the Washington Capitals. Over that time, one of the biggest bright spots has been Oliver Wahlstrom’s emergence.
In the last five games, he has six points (3 goals, 3 assists). Right before our very eyes he went from passing the eye test but not being able to bury chances to a goal machine. Now, obviously, this is a limited sample but it’s hard not to be excited about his play.
What we want to talk about is if the Isles should keep him around on the third line or move him up into the top-six. His ice time would also increase if they moved him up a line or two.
Also, the Islanders power play has been a strength recently. Right now, they’re 12th in the league with a 24.6 percent efficiency which is ahead of the Colorado avalanche by just over a half percent. We’ll get into why it’s working for the Isles.
Lastly, we have a prospect update from Mitch to get into. Here’s what to expect from episode 185:
Seeing Oliver Wahlstrom’s skill on display has been a real treat. We’ll get into what he does so well and where he should play.
The Islanders with a near 25% power play?! Yep, it’s been very good lately and we’ll talk about why that is and how to improve it even more so.
Down on the Farm
Mitch will update us with his prospect report from around the world.
Mitch is going to quiz me on someone who played 185 games in an Islanders sweater. This guessing game rarely goes well.
In the social segment, we’ll answer questions and talk about the biggest stuff from Isles Twitter this past week.
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