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Islanders prospects: Top 10 and positional depth charts

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders looks on during a time out in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 30: Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders looks on during a time out in the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on January 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Kieffer Bellows #20 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at prospect rankings in the New York Islanders system on an overall basis and by position from forwards to defense and even goaltending.

This morning I tried to add a rankings update to my daily New York Islanders prospects report. For some reason, Excel did not want to cooperate this morning. I don’t know what its problem was because I’ve done nothing since this morning and it’s working fine.

Technology, am I right?

So, rather than just give you a rankings update for some of the players who played yesterday I figured I’d do a full system review. So, that’s top 10 overall prospects and positional depth charts.

The last time I did one of these was a month ago, and things have changed since then. Mainly, my definition of a prospect has changed and its eliminated a number of players from my rankings. Anyone over the age of 24 no longer counts, and any player with 65+ games of NHL experience is also excluded.

Top 10 Prospects

  1. Kieffer Bellows (LW)
  2. Oliver Wahlstrom (RW)
  3. Mitchell Vande Sompel (LD)
  4. Robin Salo (LD)
  5. Samuel Bolduc (LD)
  6. Bode Wilde (RD)
  7. Parker Wotherspoon (LD)
  8. Ruslan Iskhakov (C)
  9. Otto Koivula (F)
  10. Arnaud Durandeau (LW)

You might have a bit of a different ranking.  Personally, Oliver Wahlstrom is the clear number one and it’s not even close. But these rankings are based on production rate at just about every level of play that matters* and Bellows has a better production rate, it’s close though, very close.

(*My model doesn’t factor, for example, that Ruslan Iskhakov had 104 points in 44 games playing in the Slovakian U18 league back in 2016-17. )

These rankings aren’t perfect. I still have to play around with the model to make it a bit more robust and to consider more than just production rate. But this gives you a good understanding of where the quality is in the system and who’s at the top (or not) based on how productive they are.

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