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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 2020 – The 21-year-old was the only true young prospect among 17 forwards named to the Islanders’ 30-player post-season roster. Examining those excluded (young snipers Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom) and who was included (non-scoring enforcer Ross Johnston), it’s clear the team’s braintrust is committed to its hard-hitting, tight-checking identity. Koivula’s imposing size and ability to play in the middle likely gave him an edge. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Koivula is in Group Two at training camp with fellow centers Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas. Group One blanked Group Two 2-0 in the first scrimmage of training camp. Mark Allan

May 2020 – With nine goals and 22 points in 36 games with the Sound Tigers, the imposing 6-4, 219-pound Finn was on pace to roughly equal his promising AHL rookie numbers. Zero points and a mere four shots on goal in a dozen NHL outings indicate he needs more time on the farm, which is not unusual for power forwards. The Isles would be thrilled if their top center prospect develops into a dependable, physical NHL asset. It won’t happen overnight. Mark Allan

February 2020 – The hefty Finn got nine shifts and 5:35 of even-strength hockey, mostly at left wing on a fourth line with Matt Martin and Leo Komarov, in a 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers. Considering the acquisition of Jean-Gabriel Pageau as well as the presence of Matt Barzal and Derick Brassard, Koivula’s path at center is blocked. He wouldn’t even have played against the Rangers if Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck weren’t hurt. Koivula is pointless in 10 NHL outings, but has nine goals and 22 points in 36 AHL games, a hair under his points-per-game average for the 2018-19 Sound Tigers. Koivula has skill and size at 6-4 and 220 pounds, but it’s unclear if he will be able to improve his foot speed enough to stick in the NHL. The 21-year-old has one more season on his entry-level deal. Mark Allan

March 2019 – After a slow start to his season, Koivula has started to transition well into the North American game. With 40 points in 57 games, it is a possibility that we could see him taking a crack at the NYI roster sooner rather than later. He projects as a third-line scoring forward, something that the Islanders have missed this year. In a league that is moving towards higher goal totals, teams will need three solid scoring lines to keep up with their competitors. Koivula’s large frame and scoring touch will give the Islanders and your fantasy team some value if they choose to bring him up in the future.  Nate Duffett

January 2018 – Otto Koivula spent time on Finland’s third line through most of the World Junior Championships. He had a quiet tournament – netting just two assists and a minus-3 rating. The overall pace of the tournament and Finland’s weaker-than-usual forward skill made for tough sledding for the big Finn. The Isles fourth round pick in 2016 is having a fine year in Finland’s top league. He has 19 points in 33 games as Ilves struggles to get into playoff contention. The 6-4 winger has an unusually low amount of goals for his career and play style – just four on 85 shots. Michael Farkas

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.7
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country FIN
Position C
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 9, 1998
Height 6‘4”
Weight 219 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 4; Overall: 120

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja Q8 7 1219 4|        
  Ilves U16U16 SM-sarja29 26 3056 18|        
  Ilves U18U18 SM-sarja5 4 26 0|Playoffs5 0 11
  Finland U16 (all)International-Jr9 4 26 2|        
 2014-2015 Ilves U18U18 SM-sarja21 22 3254 10|Playoffs3 1 01
  Ilves U20U20 SM-sarja22 4 610 12|        
  Finland U17 (all)International-Jr18 3 58 2|        
  Finland U17EYOF3 1 12 2|        
 2015-2016 Ilves U20U20 SM-sarja49 26 3258 18|Playoffs7 5 712
  Finland U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 01 6|        
  IlvesLiiga1 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 IlvesLiiga50 10 2030 6|Playoffs10 2 35
  Finland U20WJC-206 0 00 0|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr13 1 23 4|        
 2017-2018 IlvesLiiga53 9 1827 24|        
  Finland U20WJC-205 0 22 4|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr16 4 26 16|        
 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL69 21 2546 28|Playoffs5 0 22
 2019-2020 New York IslandersNHL12 0 00 2|        
  Bridgeport Sound TigersAHL36 9 1322 29|        
 2020-2021 HIFKLiiga6 2 13 0|        

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