Oliver Wahlstrom

New York Islanders
Photo courtesy of bceagles.com

Fantasy Summary

A front-line player who’s a goal-scoring threat from anywhere on the ice. Extra soft hands, and brings it every shift.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.2
NHL Certainty 7.8
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 13, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 11

Observations

July 2020 – Like fellow wing prospect and first-round draft pick Kieffer Bellows, Wahlstrom must have been stung to learn he wasn’t named to the post-season roster, particularly since the Isles named one fewer player than the 31 they were allowed. Snubbing both young snipers is doubly surprising since the team’s obvious shortcoming is a popgun offense. Like Bellows, Wahlstrom should be doubly motivated to impress at the 2020-21 training camp. Mark Allan

July 2020 –Wahlstrom and fellow talented young winger Kieffer Bellows each scored a goal on a line with veteran Andrew Ladd in a 2-0 intra-squad win. The Islanders are loaded with veteran diggers up front, but are short of high-end skill. The former factor works against the two rookies in a defense-first system, but their offensive talent will prove irresistible at some point. They both have a good shot at making the 31-man roster, but will likely be used carefully by head coach Barry Trotz. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Wahlstrom is in Group Two at training camp with fellow RWs Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck. Group One blanked Group Two 2-0 in the first scrimmage of training camp. Mark Allan

May 2020 – The cancellation of the rest of the AHL campaign cost the sniping prospect an opportunity to close strongly and boost unimpressive stats. Chosen 11th overall in 2018 for his offensive ability, particularly goal-scoring, the 19-year-old had a respectable three goals and two assists in his final eight appearances. That left him with just 10 scores and 12 helpers in 45 AHL games as well as nine scoreless NHL outings. Rookie pros face a tough adjustment, so it’s way too soon to panic, but Wahlstrom needs to show when play resumes that he learned a lot. Mark Allan

February 2020 – You couldn’t tell from his 2019-20 production that Wahlstrom is a feared sniper. He went without a point in his nine-game NHL audition and has only seven goals and 10 assists in 37 outings with Bridgeport in his first full AHL schedule. Some of that lack of production and a nasty minus-19 can be due to the fact the Sound Tigers have the fewest points in the league. Only 19, the former Boston College star has two more seasons on his entry-level deal to show the Isles they didn’t err with their 11th-overall pick in 2018. Mark Allan

January 2020 – Wahlstrom has an unbelievable shot, but has not been able to get on the board in nine games in the NHL. Having a good showing in the World Juniors with a goal and five points in five tournament games. He is not having a great season in Bridgeport to date and with a solid training camp next he should be on the NHL roster permanently. Naftali Clinton

April 2019 – Wahlstrom had a disappointing season by his standards in Boston College this year with only 19 points. He struggled all year at college, which ultimately led to him signing his entry level contract with the Islanders after the season was completed. He will join Bridgeport on their playoff run as he looks to gain some pro experience.  Fantasy owners should be happy with this development as we should see him in the NHL a lot sooner rather than later. Nate Duffett

December 2018 – Despite putting up underwhelming numbers in his first year of college hockey playing for Boston, Oliver Wahlstrom was among 29 players invited to the Unites States’ selection camp for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. He is among 16 forwards competing for a spot. The camp begins December 15th in Washington and will conclude on the 20th in British Columbia. Jesse Sherman

April 2018 – Wahlstrom has done nothing but improve his draft stock this season. The dynamic winger currently leads the U18 USNTDP in nearly every statistical category by producing 40 goals, 83 points and 243 shots on goal in just 54 games. Wahstrom is big, strong, lethal from the circles down and loves driving into the dirty areas to finish a play. His chemistry with fellow 2018 draft-eligible prospect, Joel Farabee and 2019 uber prospect, Jack Hughes has been incredible. Wahlstrom appears destined for a top 10 selection this June and could force his way into the top five. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – Owns some of the best pure puck skills in the draft. The goal scoring forward doesn’t shy away from attacking dangerous scoring areas and boasts strong speed and quick feet. He’s been on fire with the USNTDP this fall, clicking well-above a point-per-game. He heads to Harvard in the fall of 2018. Cam Robinson

Lately, he’s been finding a great deal of chemisty next to fellow 2018 draft-eligible prospect, Joel Farabee and über 16-year-old prospect, Jack Hughes on the U18’s top line. They seem to create literally every time they step on the ice. 


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Toronto Bulldogs Brick Invitational 5 7 2 9 6 |          
 2011-2012 New England Jr. Falcons PW QC Int PW 2 2 0 2 0 |          
 2012-2013 New York Jr. Rangers QC Int PW 3 3 0 3 4 |          
  New England Jr. Falcons 14U AA 14U AA 72 67 52 119 36 |          
  Sweden Selects U13 WSI U13 9 11 6 17 8 |          
 2013-2014 Middlesex Islanders 14U AAA 14U AAA 25 18 15 33 - |          
  North Yarmouth Academy USHS-Prep 22 11 18 29 - |          
 2014-2015 Shattuck St. Mary's 14U AAA 14U AAA 65 68 46 114 66 |          
  Sweden Selects U15 WSI U15 7 8 7 15 8 |          
 2015-2016 Team Royal USA-S15 5 6 0 6 - |          
  Shattuck St. Mary's 18U Prep USHS-Prep 43 26 26 52 42 |          
  USA U16 YOG 4 3 0 3 5 |          
 2016-2017 USNTDP Juniors USHL 29 9 4 13 14 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 43 14 11 25 20 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 20 10 5 15 28 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 5 0 1 1 4 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 4 1 5 16 |          
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 26 22 23 45 22 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 62 48 46 94 42 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 7 2 9 4 |          
 2018-2019 Boston College NCAA 36 8 11 19 28 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 5 2 1 3 9 | Playoffs 5 2 2 4
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 2 2 4 2 |          
 2019-2020 New York Islanders NHL 9 0 0 0 4 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 45 10 12 22 29 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 5 1 4 5 31 |          

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