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Islanders Top 25 Under 25

A semi-annual ranking of the top 25 New York Islanders prospects and players under 25 years of age.

Islanders Prospect Noah Dobson’s Remarkable QMJHL Playoff MVP Performance

The Islanders’ top defensive prospect’s 29 points as playoff MVP for Rouyn-Noranda are remarkable for his age

Top 25U25: That kid who won the Calder is #1

Mathew Barzal’s stunning rookie season shoots him unanimously to the top of the list.

Top 25U25: #2 Ryan Pulock can be an elite defenseman

Ryan Pulock seems to have finally grabbed hold of an NHL role and could be poised out for a breakout full NHL season.

Top 25U25: #3 Oliver Wahlstrom boasts an elite shot

Oliver Wahlstrom’s shooting and playmaking abilities propel him to the top of the New York Islanders’ prospect pool as one of the few truly high-end talents in the system.

Top 25U25: #4 Anthony Beauvillier had a breakout second half

After some early sophomore struggles, Anthony Beauvillier established himself as a top six winger with a breakout second half.

Top 25U25: #5 Noah Dobson has top-four potential

Noah Dobson was seen as a steal at 12 for the Islanders on draft day, and at the World Junior Summer Showcase, his stock continued to rise.

Top 25U25: #6 Josh Ho-Sang gets a fresh start

Josh Ho-Sang has had a rough time with the Islanders, but with a new head coach and new management, he may finally be able to get a role with the team.

Top 25U25: #7 Devon Toews can make the jump

Had defenseman Devon Toews not been injured last season, he likely would have been the first call-up to fill in for Calvin de Haan. With the top six defensemen seemingly set, will Toews be able to break out this season?

Wilde about Saginaw: Isles pick Bode Wilde signs with OHL Spirit

The OHL’s Saginaw Spirit announced today that Islanders defense prospect Bode Wilde has signed a contract with the junior club.

Top 25U25: #8 Kieffer Bellows goes pro

Is Kieffer Bellows more the player he was at Boston University, or is he the top goalscorer we’ve seen with the Portland Winterhawks?

Top 25U25: #9 Where in the world is Bode Wilde?

Bode Wilde is a fast-skating offensive defenseman with all the tools to succeed, but some attitude issues and his mysterious playing status for next year made him fall in the draft.

Top 25U25: #10 Adam Pelech needs to find a role

Adam Pelech was much maligned by LHH last season where he was largely playing over his head due to defensive injuries. With a new coaching staff and a (hopefully) healthy defensive corps, can Pelech find a role that works for him?

Top 25U25: #11 Sebastian Aho made a strong impression in brief NHL stint

Former overage 5th round draft pick Sebastian Aho showed he can play in the NHL after a strong showing in 22 games last season.

Top 25U25: Linus Soderstrom could make his mark at #12

With a commitment to the Islanders organization, Linus Soderstrom edges out the other goalies in the prospect pool as he gets closer to an NHL debut.

Top 25U25: #13 Ilya Sorokin remains in Russia

Ilya Sorokin remains one of the New York Islanders’ most intriguing prospects in goal, but hasn’t yet made the leap to North America.

Top25U25: #14 Parker Wotherspoon needs to avoid slow start to season

Much like Mitchell Vande Sompel, Wotherspoon can the seize opportunity

Top25U25: #15 Mitchell Vande Sompel looks to build upon all-star rookie season

Play away from the puck will determine his success

Top 25 Islanders Under 25: David Quenneville is small but rounded at #16

The Medicine Hat record-breaker looks to continue his growth in AHL Bridgeport.

Top 25U25 #17: Ruslan Iskhakov brings the skill, not the size, to UConn

Hands, vision, could make him special, or he could still miss.

Top 25U25: Athletic but inconsistent goaltender Jakub Skarek is #18

Jakub Skarek is one of the top goalie prospects from the 2018 NHL Draft, but like all goalies, he’s got some big question marks.

Top 25U25: Otto Koivula has skill, size but lacks speed at #19

Finnish forward Otto Koivula has the skills to be a top forward, but his skating and speed on the ice are issues going forward.

Top 25U25: Decisive year for Michael Dal Colle at #20

In the last year of his ELC, Michael Dal Colle has a lot to prove to earn a spot on the New York Islanders.

Top 25U25: Lots of questions about Anatoly Golyshev at #21

Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist forward Anatoly Golyshev had a bounce-back season, but is it enough for him to ever make it to the NHL?

Top 25U25: Blade Jenkins has time to grow at #22

Saginaw Spirit forward Blade Jenkins was one of the youngest players picked at the 2018 NHL Draft, and will have plenty of time to grow as a player.

Top 25U25: Swiss defenseman Yannick Rathgeb is #23

Swiss defenseman Yannick Rathgeb will play hockey in North America for the first time since the 2014-15 OHL season.

Top 25U25: Young Finnish defenseman Robin Salo is #24

Finnish defenseman Robin Salo took a massive step back this season, but still has lots of talent and time to rebound.

Top 25U25: Solid defenseman Kyle Burroughs comes in at #25

Kyle Burroughs is a small but smart and reliable defenseman for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers who recently extended his contract for two more years.

New York Islanders Top 25 Under 25 Summer 2018: The Roster Cuts

Not every prospect can be a top 25 prospect, and here’s the guys who didn’t quite make the cut.

Community Islanders Top 25 Under 25 2018

Lighthouse Hockey’s New York Islanders Top 25 Under 25 needs an update, and we’re looking for your help, too.

Top 25U25 Review: Our silly rankings, 2011-2016

For fun, perspective and mockery, we look back at our annual rankings of under-25 Islanders from 2011 to the present.

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Spring 2012 Top 25U25: Tavares to Persson

John Tavares is just 21 and already the best New York Islanders player under age 25. He's going to stay that way. These videos are a glimpse at why.

Top 25U25: Strome tops our Spring '16 ranking

Ryan Strome is still only 22, the perfect age to top our Top 25 Under 25 list and rebound from a poor 2015-16 to become the top forward we believe he can be.