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Otto Koivula #21 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 23: Bode Wilde reacts after being selected 41st overall by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Prospect Rankings and Movement

As Josh Ho-Sang is over 24 he doesn’t count in my rankings (if he did he’d be at the top by a considerable distance). Robin Salo does count and you should already know that he ranks fifth in the Islanders system. Soon that will rise as Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson (1st and 3rd) fall off the list due to reaching the 65 games played threshold.

So let’s talk about some movement (sorta) in the rankings.

I say “sorta” because no one actually moved up or down a spot, but some of the players had their numbers go up or down and that merits some ink to be spilled so to speak. I won’t bore you with the details of my math but here’s some movement I want to talk about:

  • Bode Wilde ↓ – Ruslan Iskhakov ↑: Wilde’s play with Bridgeport hasn’t been great this year while Iskhakov is only getting better in Finland. I’ve linked these two because Wilde is no.7 in my rankings while Iskhakov is no.9 and the gap is narrowing quickly.
  • Noah Dobson ↓ : Just like Wilde, Dobson’s play hasn’t been great over the last few games which is certainly why Trotz had him play 15:21 vs Buffalo and 15:41 vs Boston. That won’t last, it’s clearly a momentary lapse from the young man who will certainly bounce back soon.
  • Oliver Wahlstrom ↓ : Wahlstrom had a tough game the other night two borderline penalties were given to him for playing physically. This isn’t something you see every day from a guy who’s got a shot like his. He’s gone a little quiet on the scoresheet since that point streak, but he’ll be back scoring points soon, no doubt.