For the first time in a long time, the New York Islanders have a prized collection of blue-chip prospects in their system. Here’s an update on the Isles four blue-chip prospects.
The New York Islanders have four blue-chip prospects in their system. It’s a level of quality that hasn’t been seen in a long time. That quality has ranked the Islanders system as the fifth best in the NHL according to The Athletic’s Corey Pronman (subscription required).
The four talents here are Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson, Bode Wilde, and Kieffer Bellows.
Aside from Kieffer Bellows, the other three were drafted just last season. Wahlstrom and Dobson were taken in the first round (eleventh and 12th respectively), while Bode Wilde was drafted 41st overall in round two.
Bellows was drafted 15th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Assuming neither of them is traded away at the trade deadline (there no guarantee of that), these four should be, along with Mathew Barzal, the core of the New York Islanders. That’s a talented youngster at every skating position for the Islanders.
Two blueliners, one who’s a safer pair of hands in Noah Dobson and the other, Bode Wilde, can get the puck in deep and create some offence of his own. Both are coveted right-handed shot defensemen.
Up front Bellows and Wahlstrom present great shoot first options on opposing wings. Giving the Islanders a potentially lethal one-two punch in terms of stacking the lines with scoring options. All of that surrounding Mathew Barzal.
How are those kids doing with the season almost at the three-quarter mark?