The EliteProspects Rinkside 2020-21 Off-Season Prospect Pool Rankings: the No. 23-ranked New York Islanders
Without a first or second-round pick in October’s draft, and top prospect Noah Dobson graduating, the New York Islanders find themselves in a peculiar spot — with a prospect pool moderately high on talent, but short on development.
That combination is no more apparent than in their top-two forward prospects, Oliver Wahlstrom and Kieffer Bellows. The pair of shoot-only wingers have endured developmental rollercoasters that have left their NHL future in despair. Several other high-upside bests either missed this list entirely or took a tumble down the depth chart.
With upside as the EPRinkside Prospect Pool Rankings’ focal point, it was tough to place the Islanders much lower than No. 23. But without proper development, the Islanders might end up with just two or three above-replacement-leve
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