There's been plenty of good news coming out of the NY Islanders prospect pipeline lately. Earlier on Wednesday, we learned that the Islanders signed goaltender Tristan Lennox to a three-year, entry-level contract that carries an AAV of $925K. Monday, March 1st was the first day that NHL teams had the option to sign their prospects to entry-level deals that begin in the 2023-24 season. The Islanders wasted no time getting one of their prospects done in Lennox. Up next could be Matthew Maggio, seemingly the Islanders' hottest prospect since Aatu Räty was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks in the Bo Horvat package, as Maggio has earned one of the Ontario Hockey League's Performer of the Month honors for the month of February 2023.
Maggio has already surpassed his 85-point total in the 2021-22 season. The Windsor native has already accrued 46 goals and 48 assists for 94 points in 55 games this season. He's on pace to eclipse 100 by a long shot, scoring at a 113 point in 66 games by seasons end. The month of February was a big one for Maggio, as he totaled 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 12 games. The Islanders prospect was on a torried pace last month averaging 2.16 points per game and 6.5 shots on goal per game.
Maggio ranks first in the OHL in both points and goals, holding a pretty decent lead in each category. The Windsor Spitfires have already claimed their place in the OHL playoffs, and are neck and neck with the London Knights for first place in the Western Conference. Along with Shane Wright, Maggio (the captain) has led his team to their success all season long despite Wright only arriving earlier this year.
Maggio shared the Performer of the Month honors with Maggio, Brandt Clarke, Collin MacKenzie and OHL Rookie of the Month Nate Krawchuk.