Why he deserves a look
This year was his third season in North America. After being a surprise first-round selection by the Islanders in 2019, Holmstrom immediately made the jump to North America.
And this season was his best one yet. In terms of production, Holmstrom scored 12 goals and 43 points in 68 games. His previous career-high was 15 points in 46 games. That's double his production rate in either of his first two seasons in North America.
Beyond the production, the game just slowed down for Simon Holmstrom in 21-22. And with that, his strong Hockey IQ was able to take over. Holmstrom wasn't a dominant player in the AHL, but he was a strong player for the Bridgeport Islanders in all three zones.
That's the Holmstrom the Islanders were hoping would show up when they drafted him 24th overall. He's ready to get a look at the next level.
Why he might not get it
When I say "get a look" I don't mean he deserves an NHL spot. But after Holmstrom's season in 2021-22, it's time for the Islanders to see if he's got enough to play at the NHL level.
We know the Islanders play a style of game that doesn't lend itself well to mistakes. The margin for error is so thin that any mistake could tip the game negatively for the Isles. Holmstrom isn't yet a complete player and so the Isles might see that he needs another year before he's ready.