Ramblings: Wahlstrom Wishing for a New Home, DiPietro, Dach, Leason, Pilut (Nov. 23)

Cam Robinson



A developing story came out on Thursday morning that Oliver Wahlstrom wasn’t happy with his situation at Boston College. The freshman right-winger has two goals in nine NCAA games while playing secondary offensive minutes. Not exactly the early production that Islanders’ fans and fantasy owners would hope for, but not uncommon for first-year college players.


What’s even more interesting is that the 11th overall pick from last June isn’t interested in heading to the QMJHL as Cape Breton owns his CHL rights. That stemmed the move for Tri-City of the USHL to grab his rights.


While it’s been reported that Wahlstrom’s camp has had no contact with Tri-City, this is an easy move for the club to make. They take a chance on landing a top two player for that league. Go big, right?


A low-key option would see Wahlstrom sign a pro contract and head to the AHL. Another option may be an inter-CHL trade (which are extremely rare) or if a team like Halifax trades for his rights and dangles a Memorial Cup appearance to convince him to come to Quebec. He’s too good for the USHL, and he proved that by being dominating that level of competition (and higher) last season with The Program. 


Europe could be an option if all parties involved agreed. Wahlstrom does have Swedish citizenship through his dad. 


There’s some evidence that Wahlstrom may have a bit of difficulty committing to things. Here’s a timeline of his activities since committing to the University of Maine as a 13-year-old (the same school his dad attended before playing professionally in Sweden:


  • Decommitted from Maine (July 2015)
  • Committed to Harvard (August 2015)
  • Decommitted from Harvard (February 2018)
  • Committed to Boston College (May 2018)



Wherever he ends up, this will be an interesting situation to watch. Islanders’ fans are hoping he gets all these moves out of his system before landing on the Rock.




Speaking of the USHL, I’ve formally put my support behind leading scorer, Bobby Brink for this upcoming draft. The 5’10 forward is a hell of a player and loads of fun to watch. He’s a young player for this crop but owns exciting offensive skills and a competitive nature that’s contagious. Brink sat 34th on my most recent rankings.




Reports out of the OHL say that Windsor has multiple packages on the table of Canucks’ goaltending prospect, Michael DiPietro – one of which involves EIGHT second round picks plus some other things. That’s insane value.


It’s been considered a slam-dunk that DiPietro wouldn’t last the season with the Spitfires and the most likely scenario sees him go off and be the starter for Team Canada at the World Juniors and return to a new squad to begin the new year.