2021-22 Top 10 New York Islanders Prospects

The future for the Islanders might not be really brilliant. While the group has actually been competitive just recently with some playoff wins and a Semi-Final loss to in 2015’s ultimate Cup champs, the group has some veteran gamers with costly and long-lasting agreements.

Anders Lee ($7M X5), Brock Nelson ($6M X4), Jean-Gabriel Pageau ($5M X5), Josh Bailey ($5 X3), and Casey Cizikas ($2.5M X6) are all around 30-years-old with huge dollars and term. It is hard to believe that they will supply the type of worth their agreements will require as time passes.

The great news is the Islanders have actually finished a number of potential customers just recently in Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson, and Ilya Sorokin who are making an effect.

The problem is the possibility swimming pool has actually dried up with little pledge to want to for the future as their veteran core ages out with unmovable agreements. The Islanders have actually traded some high-end draft choices just recently and have actually likewise missed on some high-end draft chooses too. Michael Dal Colle (5th general), Josh Ho-Sang (28th general), and Griffin Reinhart (4th general) are all busts.

Unless the Islanders can discover a method to extricate a few of those heavy agreements and get some draft chooses, the group might be taking a look at some darker days ahead.

2021-22 Top 10 New York Islanders Prospects

  1. Aatu Raty, C – Jukurit (Liiga)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-2/185
Drafted: 2021 round 2, 52nd general by New York Islanders

The Islanders’ very first choice in the 2021 draft did not come up until midway through the 2nd round. But they might have prepared a first-round skill in Raty. Heading into the 2021 draft year, Aatu Raty was thought about a leading possibility, if not the leading possibility. Raty had draft experts drooling at his capacity as a 16- and 17-year-old possibility.

His mix of sophisticated size and ability had him forecasted as possibly the very first Finnish born gamer to be chosen initially in general at the NHL entry draft. In his draft year, his stock dropped, possibly under the weight of expectations. He stopped working to go back to the Finnish WJC lineup after making the group as a 17-year-old, and his point per video game production in the Liiga was halved.

With the draft behind him, he had a declaration competition at the WJC summer season display publishing 15 points in a six-game exhibit competition. His point production in the Liiga has actually gotten better after a relocate to Jukurit where has actually ended up being a point a video game gamer.

Raty has a heavy shot, soft hands and great vision. He makes clever checks out and plays and is a trusted protective gamer. His skating requires some advancement, especially his speed and initial step. Raty might never ever measure up to the very first general billing he got early on as a franchise super star, however he has considerable capacity as a top-six center with a flooring as a monitoring line center with offending benefit.

  1. Kieffer Bellows, LW – New York Islanders (NHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-1/200
Drafted: 2016 round one, 19th general by New York Islanders

It would be reasonable to argue that Bellows has actually finished as he basically was a full-time New York Islander last season. But the boy of NHL fantastic Brian Bellows was restricted to just 14 video games as he was a routine member of the taxi team. It is a comparable scenario this year as he has actually been played more, however still not a routine in the lineup.

Bellows has a substantial resume currently with experience in the USHL, the United States National Team, NCAA, WHL, AHL, NHL and International experience with U.S.A. at the U18 and WJC. Bellows is a really irregular gamer, from game-to-game and from year-to-year.

His stock was high in his draft year with a 50-goal season on the United States National group. His D+1 year as a Boston Terrier was frustrating with 14 points in 34 video games. Bellows left the NCAA after one season and rebounded in the WHL with 42 objectives and 74 points with the Portland Winterhawks. The following season he had a hard time once again as a novice in the AHL with 19 points in 73 video games however acquired 101 charge minutes developing himself as a power forward.

His consistency in the NHL has actually been an issue and getting quality minutes under Barry Trotz has actually been an obstacle too for Bellows. At 23-years-old, the clock is ticking for Bellows to develop himself as a top-six winger.

  1. Robin Salo, D – Bridgeport Islanders (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-1/187
Drafted: 2017 round 2, 46th general by New York Islanders

After 6 professional seasons in Europe, Robin Salo has actually lastly gotten here in North America. The 23-year-old is now a fairly completed item in regards to his advancement and after 14 video games in Bridgeport getting used to the smaller sized ice, he published 8 points. His play made him an NHL recall in which 10 video games he made his very first profession NHL point, a help. With the return of the taxi team for COVID depth, he might have an extended remain at the NHL level, albeit in restricted video games.

Salo is a mobile defenseman with offending benefit and a trusted protective video game. He has good size and is a well-rounded gamer. As discussed, he is an industrialized gamer with couple of shortages in his video game. His upside peaks at a middle pairing defenseman with the capability to use both unique groups.

  1. Simon Holmstrom, RW/LW – Bridgeport Islanders (AHL)

Age: 20
Ht/Wt: 6-1/194
Drafted: 2019 round one, 23rd general by New York Islanders

Bob McKenzie had Holmstrom ranked 43rd on his draft list, so the Islanders might have reached in choosing him 23rd general ahead of Philip Tomasino and Connor McMichael.

That possible error might have been doubled down just like no previous professional experience, the Islanders brought Holmstrom to North America as an 18-year-old and dropped him in the AHL where he published 15 points in 46 video games with a minus -15 as a novice. In his 2nd season, his point rate dropped somewhat with 7 points in 24 video games and while he was called to Team Sweden at the WJC he was held meaningless in 5 video games with a frustrating proving.

Now 20-years-old and in his 3rd AHL season, Holmstrom is beginning to reveal why the Islanders prepared him so high. Through the very first 30 video games, he has 16 points, helpful for 4th in group scoring.

His skating and puck handling abilities make him an unsafe gamer on the rush, however his absence of physical play is cause for issue. Holmstrom has actually fought with his advancement for 2 factors; remaining in the AHL prematurely is one, and injuries is the other. He has actually handled a concussion, hip surgical treatment and a damaged thumb in addition to a decreased schedule due to COVID. If Holmstrom can remain healthy and the AHL stays open, his advancement might take a huge advance.

  1. Samuel Bolduc, D – Bridgeport Islanders (AHL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-4/212
Drafted: 2019 round 2, 57th general by New York Islanders

Bolduc had a breakout season as a novice in the AHL in 2015 publishing 6 objectives and 14 points in 24 video games in a leading pairing function. His mix of his size and better-than-average skating equate well to the NHL. A huge point shot makes him a risk offensively.

Bolduc, regrettably, missed out on training school and the start of the season due to injury, and there might still be sticking around results of what ails him as he has yet to sign up a single point in his sophomore season through 25 video games. This enormous action back is a significant warning to be sure, however the term little sample size is frequently utilized to reject a gamer who has an abrupt and explosive offending outburst. Looking at his whole body of work, there is more cause for optimism than issue.

  1. Bode Wilde, D – Vasterviks IK (Allsvenskan)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 6-3/192
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 41st general by New York Islanders

One of the fastest falling potential customers in hockey is the Islanders Bode Wilde. The huge smooth-skating defenseman has an exceptional plan of physical abilities. He is 6-3, skates like the wind, has a tough and low shot. In his D+1 season he controlled the OHL with 19 objectives and 70 points in 62 video games with Saginaw.

However, he has actually had a hard time strongly considering that as his video game has actually not transitioned to the professional level. In his 2 seasons in the AHL he has 8 points in 42 profession video games. His offending video game is established, so no doubt he has actually been concentrating on his protective video game.

The issue for Wilde is his propensity for free gifts, turnovers, lapses in judgment, and doubtful checks out. This season is an important advancement year for Wilde who requires to reveal he is not a one-dimensional gamer. His choice to decline COVID vaccination required the Islanders to lend him to Vasterviks in Sweden. He has actually stopped working to control there too with just one objective and 6 points in 24 video games with a minus -7. Time appears to be abandoning Wilde.

  1. William Dufour, RW – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Age: 19
Ht/Wt: 6-3/205
Drafted: 2020 round 5, 152nd general by New York Islanders

The huge winger is having a huge season on his 4th group in 4 years in the QMJHL. Dufour is a power forward with great size, an NHL-ready shot, great skating and he is likewise defensively sound too. Dufour utilizes his size and skating to power his method to the objective, happy to go through protectors if he can’t navigate them.

His finest weapon is his shot, it is low, tough, and precise. He can camouflage his release well and has a fast release. Dufour has actually fought with consistency from video game to video game, however in general has actually revealed consistent development in his advancement.

The huge winger is having his finest season with the Sea Dogs, where he is poised for a prospective long playoff run and a chance at the Memorial Cup as Saint John is the host city for 2022. Dufour will shift to the professional level next year and if he continues to advance might become a middle-six gamer.

  1. Otto Koivula, LW – Bridgeport Islanders (AHL)

Age: 23
Ht/Wt: 6-4/220
Drafted: 2016 round 4, 120th general by New York Islanders

Time is beginning to abandon Koivula to develop himself as an NHL gamer. He now has 3 complete seasons of AHL advancement under his belt in the Islanders system. His dip into the AHL level has actually been outstanding, 102 profession points in 153 video games. Unfortunately, his production while at the NHL level has actually not existed with just one help through 15 overall video games.

His tool kit is outstanding with size, an excellent shot, playmaking vision, protective awareness, and an excellent complete level. What he is doing not have is foot speed and the capability to procedure at the rate of the NHL. With his exemption from waiver wire defense ended, the probability of him making numerous NHL remembers is slim and his window in the Islanders company is rapidly closing.

  1. Ruslan Iskhakov, C – Adler Mannheim (DEL)

Age: 21
Ht/Wt: 5-8/163
Drafted: 2018 round 2, 43rd general by New York Islanders

After the Islanders prepared the small forward out of the MHL in Russia, where he was a near-point per video game gamer, they brought him over to North America to establish in the NCAA. Iskhakov played in 2 seasons at the University of Connecticut where he had 21 points in 32 video games in both seasons. After his sophomore season, he ended his NCAA profession.

The second-round choice stays anonymous and played in 2015 in the Liiga with TPS getting his very first taste of professional hockey. He carried out well with 38 points in 54 regular-season video games and included another 7 in 13 championship game.

Still anonymous in his D+4 season he is on his 3rd group and league in 3 years with Adler Mannheim in the DEL German league. He missed out on the start of the season with a foot injury however has 6 points in 6 video games considering that his return.

Iskhakov is a vibrant skater and experienced offending gamer. His absence of size and physical play will require to be gotten rid of for him to be successful at the NHL level. Still just 21-years-old he has time, however the reality he stays anonymous is a huge warning.

  1. Logan Cockerill, LW – Boston University (NCAA)

Age: 22
Ht/Wt:  5-9/174
Drafted: 2017 round 7, 201st general by New York Islanders

A really late seventh-round choice from the 2017 draft, Cockerill has actually been establishing in the NCAA with the Boston Terriers. His novice season was outstanding with 20 points in 37 video games and winning an NCAA (Hockey Easy) Championship. While his offending production dipped somewhat as a sophomore, he contributed with U.S.A. at the 2019 WJC winning the Silver Medal.

Injuries have actually slowed his advancement down and restricted him to simply 12 video games in 2015. Despite the restricted video games, he had a profession year as the Terriers Captain with 10 points in 12 video games. Cockerill has actually returned for a 5th season in the NCAA enabled as an outcome of the Pandemic however is remarkably off to a sluggish start.

The 22-year-old is undersized however has a very high complete motor and has outstanding speed and skating capability. He is really strong defensively, and in spite of his small stature can play a physical video game. He is a risk short-handed to rating and is more than capable in the offending zone. Sprinkle in his management qualities and he has the benefit to end up being a bottom-six, energy, and charge killing expert at the NHL level.

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