Islanders Select Eight in 2018 NHL Draft
The New York Islanders selected four forwards, three defenseman and one goaltender during the 2018 National Hockey League Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.
Oliver Wahlstrom (11th overall - pictured above) and Noah Dobson (12th overall) were each selected during the first round on Friday night, while Bode Wilde (41st overall), Ruslan Iskhakov (43rd overall), Jakub Skarek (72nd overall), Jacob Pivonka (103rd overall), Blade Jenkins (134th overall) and Christian Krygier (196th overall) were chosen on Saturday.
Wahlstrom (RW), 18, notched 83 points (40 goals, 43 assists) in 54 games with the United States Under-18 National Team and led the club in points, goals and assists. In addition, the Quincy, Mass. native scored 45 points (22 goals, 23 assists) in 26 games with Team USA of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2017-18. He ranked second in goals and points, and led the USHL in plus/minus with a +30 rating.
On the international stage, Wahlstrom helped Team USA win a silver medal in 2018 and a gold medal in 2017 at the Under-18 World Junior Championships. He is committed to play college hockey at Boston College.
Dobson (D), 18, earned 69 points (17 goals, 52 assists) in 67 games during his second season with Acadie-Bathurst of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in 2017-18. Dobson's 52 assists led the team and his 69 points were good for second on the club. He added 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 20 playoff games to help the Titans win their first Memorial Cup title in franchise history. He was named to both the QMJHL and CHL Memorial Cup All-Star teams.
The Summerside, PEI native (pictured above) has totaled 95 points (24 goals, 71 assists) in 130 career QMJHL games. This marked the second time in franchise history that the Islanders picked 12th overall (2009, former Sound Tiger Calvin de Haan).
Wilde (D), 18, led all United States National Team Development Program defensemen in goals (11), assists (25) and points (36) in 61 games last season. The Montreal, Que. native also helped Team USA win a silver medal at the 2018 Under-18 World Junior Championships in Russia, appearing in seven contests.
Iskhakov (C), 17, scored 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 33 games with Krasnaya Armiya Moskva of the Molodyozhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga, the Russian junior league. The Moskva, Russia native also scored three goals in five games at the 2018 Under-18 World Junior Championships in his home country.
Skarek (G), 18, posted a 9-12-0 record with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 21 games with Dukla Jihlava of the Czech Extraliga last season. The Jihlava, Czech Republic native also played two playoff games with Dukla Jihlava. In addition, Skarek appeared in seven games at the 2018 Under-20 World Junior Championships in Buffalo.
Pivonka (C), 18, recorded 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 51 games with the United States National Team Development Program last season. The Naperville, Ill. native added two assists in seven games while serving as an alternate captain on Team USA at the 2018 Under-18 World Junior Championships in Russia. Pivonka is committed to play college hockey at Notre Dame in 2018-19.
Jenkins (LW), 17, registered 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 68 games with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2017-18. His 20 goals were good for second on the team and the Jackson, Mich. native added three assists in four OHL playoff games. Jenkins was named to the OHL's All-Rookie team last season.
Krygier (D), 18, recorded nine assists in 48 games during his second season with the Lincoln Stars (USHL) in 2017-18. The Novi, Mich. native also led the Stars and ranked eighth in the USHL with 137 penalty minutes. Krygier is the son of Todd Krygier, who played 543 games in the NHL, and the twin brother of Cole Krygier, who was selected five picks later by the Florida Panthers.
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