NY Islanders prospect pool ranked dead last in the NHL

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1. Calle Odelius
2. Danny Nelson
3. William Dufour
4. Matthew Maggio
5. Simon Holmstrom

Simon Holmstrom’s name immediately stands out, as he’s already solidified a role within the Islanders lineup and has been a major contributor this season with 12 goals. He has been one of the Islanders' best penalty killers, using offense as his best defense, scoring five short-handed goals and seven total points, both tops in the league. 

Other than Holmstrom, there’s little debate that Odelius, Nelson, Dufour, and Maggio are the Isles' top prospects.

Odelius has been out since November with a lower-body injury that required surgery but has been rehabbing in the US, according to Stefan Rosner of The Hockey News. He's played in just ten games this season, registering four points. A left-handed shot, Odelius could push for a roster spot as early as next season.

Nelson may have the most upside of any Islanders prospect. His 19 points through 22 games at Notre Dame are second-best for the Fighting Irish - playing a role in his selection to the USA squad for the 2024 WJC. A potential top-6 center in the NHL, Nelson is likely a year away before making an NHL impact. 

Dufour and Maggio, both drafted in the fifth round of their respective drafts after not being selected the year before, were crowned MVP of their junior leagues before being taken by the Islanders. Dufour missed part of this season for personal reasons - but still sits second on the Bridgeport Islanders with ten goals, scoring four in his last eight games. Maggio has just five goals and ten points this season but has recorded a point in his previous two after going nine pointless. Dufour made one NHL appearance last season and could be first in line for another if a current Islander winger were to hit the IR.