The New York Islanders have a great farm system. A quarter of the way through the 2018-19 season you can see a bunch of the kids are putting up numbers.
No matter where they’re playing the New York Islanders kids are making noise. In the AHL Josh Ho-Sang leads the league in assists. In the NCAA, Jake Pivonka continues to put up points. And in the OHL Arnaud Durandeau is over a point per game with 29 points in 27 games.
For some teams that’s typically enough. They might just have a few youngsters that are playing well. But for the Isles neither of the players mentioned previously will feature in this prospect focus. The Isles have other players playing well.
Otto Koivula | GP: 21 Pts: 12
Koivula is a fourth round pick from 2016. And he’s playing his first season in North America. After a slow start it seems to be coming together for the big winger.
Standing at 6’5″ he’s got three goals in two games and sits with 12 points on the season so far. We’ve seen big bodied players start their pro careers slowly (Michael Dal Colle) hopefully that isn’t the case for Koivula.
|Kieffer Bellows||Sound Tigers||F||25||6||5||11|
|Josh Ho-Sang||Sound Tigers||F||25||2||20||22|
|Michael Dal Colle||Sound Tigers||F||20||9||9||18|
|Otto Koivula||Sound Tigers||F||21||6||6||12|
|John Stevens||Sound Tigers||F||0||0||0||0|
Devon Toews | GP: 21 Pts: 17
What more can we say about Devon Toews? He needs to be in the NHL. At this point there isn’t a reason for him to be plying his trade in the AHL.
Toews has the skill to be a top defender in the NHL but the Isles seem content on playing a slew of bottom pairing blue liners. Adam Pelech seems to always be in the wrong place at the wrong time and could definitely be used as the Islanders extra defenseman over Luca Sbisa.
Why that hasn’t happened is beyond me. He’ll be up sooner rather than later but every day we wait is a wasted opportunity.
|Devon Toews||Sound Tigers||D||21||5||12||17|
|Sebastian Aho||Sound Tigers||D||22||2||14||16|
|Yannick Rathgeb||Sound Tigers||D||9||2||2||4|
|Parker Wotherspoon||Sound Tigers||D||22||3||8||11|
|Mitchell Vande Sompel||Sound Tigers||D||23||2||8||10|
|Kyle Burroughs||Sound Tigers||D||21||1||3||4|