Since the NY Islanders reached for Simon Hölmstrom with the 23rd pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Swedish winger hasn't made much of an impact until this past season. Earning his first call-up to the NHL in November, Hölmstrom remained with the Isles for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.
Originally projected as a second-round pick in 2019, Lou Lamoriello and the Isles selected Hölmstrom earlier than expected, and it seems so far as if the gamble hasn't paid off. Hölmstrom seemed to be finding his groove on the AHL as he received his first call-up, finishing the 2021-22 season with 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists), good enough for third on the team.
Though it's a small sample size, that success has yet to translate to the NHL level. Making 50 appearances with the Islanders last season, Hölmstrom only managed six goals and three assists. He found himself getting time on all four lines as Lane Lambert searched for ways to get the rookie going. Despite playing nearly every game since his initial call-up, Hölmstrom found himself in the press box as the playoffs rolled around, not appearing in any of the six games.
Heading into this season, Hölmstrom isn't guaranteed a position, as he'll have to earn his spot competing against the likes of Hudson Fasching and Julien Gauthier.