Islanders three most improved prospects in the system

Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Oliver Wahlstrom #26 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – JUNE 22: Samuel Bolduc poses after being selected 57th overall by the New York Islanders during the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images) /

With the end of the 2020-21 season here for most New York Islanders prospects here are there three that rose up the rankings the most in 2021.

As you know I’ve spent most of the year tracking and ranking prospects within the New York Islanders system. On a nearly daily basis, I provide reports and recaps for their games and I provide semi-frequent rankings for all the players that I consider prospects within the Islanders system.

Now that the season is essentially over* for most of these prospects I thought about looking over their respective seasons to see who rose up the depth charts the most.

*Only Ruslan Iskhakov (TPS) and Reece Newkirk (Portland Winterhawks) are still in action right now. Unless they decide to turn into Connor McDavid for the rest of their short seasons, they won’t rise up the rankings more than a spot or two.

So, after going through their respective years here are the three players who rose the most along with how many spots they jumped up from the start of the year till now:

  • Alex Jefferies: 11 spots
  • Samuel Bolduc: 8 spots
  • Oliver Wahlstrom: 6 spots

Over the next few slides, I’ll break down why each player moved up as much as they did by going over where they were (and what they did there) before this year and then detailing how this season went and why they jumped as high as they did in the rankings.