Islanders fans are all focused on bringing in top-quality players to the roster. And rightfully so. The New York Islanders have needed an influx of top-quality talent for a few years now.
Remember when Barry Trotz said his team needed more "pop upfront"? That was after the 2018-19 season. A full three off-seasons ago. And that need is still there. So again, the focus is on top-end players for a good reason.
But we can't lose sight of the possibility of bringing in younger players from the prospect pool.
These players are signed to cheap deals but ready to have a much larger impact in the pros than their payout reflects. Something the Isles will need to add alongside bringing in some higher-priced vets.
Even after, hopefully, bringing in some top-end talent to upgrade the playing roster, there should be an opening or two on the team for younger players to fill. So who are those younger players that are at the stage of their careers where they're seemingly ready to take the next step in their career; push for an NHL roster spot.
Here are three guys that I'm sure could take a step up into an NHL role in 2022-23 from within the Islanders prospect pool.