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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Oliver Wahlstrom poses after being selected eleventh overall by the New York Islanders during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

AHL

Forwards
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.

Player Team Position GP G A Pts
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

Defensemen
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.

Player Team Position GP G A PTS
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

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