3 New York Islanders prospects in Bridgeport who are worth keeping an eye on

The New York Islanders prospects pool lacks dynamic playmakers, but there are a few in Bridgeport whose names fans must get familiar with.

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William Dufour has displayed high-upside productivity in the past

After logging 116 points in the 2021-22 season for the St. John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL’s regular season, William Dufour put himself on the map for better things in 2022-23. He played in one game that year with the New York Islanders, but he spent most of his time in Bridgeport. 

Last season looked like a seamless transition when he put up 48 points and 21 goals in 69 games for Bridgeport, but he dropped off this season with less than a half-point per game. The 22-year-old has enough size and strength to become a power forward at the next level, and his improved skating gives him more than respectable speed. 

Dufour remains a work-in-progress as he slowly but steadily keeps improving his overall game, and it’s something to watch toward the end of this season and even into the 2024-25 season. If he keeps improving his skating and plays to his physical strength at all times, we could see him with the big club down the road. 

Productivity must be there, and it definitely can’t suffer another deep drop in 2024-25. This isn’t to say he needs to get it back up to 2022-23 numbers, but we also can’t see anywhere close to a repeat of this season.