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Fantasy Summary

A power forward with soft hands but perhaps a limited offensive ceiling at the next level.


Observations

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July 2022 – The strapping Finn signed a two-year extension with an annual cap hit of $800,000. Mark Allan

June 2022 – Although his great size and soft hands are attractive, the Finnish center posted just one assist in his first three AHL playoff games. Expect the Isles to sign the RFA and return him to the minors for more seasoning. Mark Allan

March 2022 – The 6-4, 220-pound Finn would be leaning on big-league opponents by now in a bottom-six role with most other NHL organizations. Since the centers ahead of him are named Barzal, Nelson, Pageau and Cizikas, his NHL resumé includes just 16 games, including one assist in four 2021-22 outings. The impending RFA will surely be offered a modest contract in the off-season. Mark Allan

October 2021 – Koivula was among 10 players waived by the Islanders in their first round of training camp transactions. He was assigned to the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL Mark Allan

September 2021 – His new one-year, two-way deal is surely influenced by the Islanders’ well-reported cap issues. However, it and the length of contracts for Casey Cizikas (six years) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (five years) indicate the 6-4, 220-pound Koivula is going to have to make it to the NHL as a winger or with another organization. Mark Allan

July 2021 – He’s been buried behind the Isles’ top-four middlemen but the Finn is just 22 and he’s not getting any smaller. Even if Identity Line center Casey Cizikas is offered a new NHL contract, Koivula is first in line to be promoted if anyone above him on the depth chart gets hurt. Mark Allan

July 2021 – Overcoming a slow start, the