Islanders Rumors: Young Forward Viewed as Trade Candidate

The New York Islanders have had a rough go of things as of late. They recently fired Lane Lambert and brought in Patrick Roy because of it. However, more changes could be on the way, as the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline is a little over a month away, and the Islanders are expected to make some moves before it. 

In a recent article for The Athletic, Chris Johnston and Harman Dayal discussed a handful of under-the-radar trade candidates for the upcoming trade deadline, and Islanders winger Oliver Wahlstrom was one of the players mentioned.

Wahlstrom is having a disastrous 2023-24 season, so that could very well make the Islanders open to moving him. In 22 games thus far, he has two goals, three assists, and a minus-8 rating. The hope was that the Maine native would finally have his breakout season this campaign, but he actually appears to be taking a step back.

A change of scenery may be what Wahlstrom needs to get his progression back on track. Keep in mind, he had 21 points in 44 games back in 2020-21 and 16 points in 35 games last season. The potential to be a point-producer in the NHL is there, but it just has not happened with the Islanders.

With Wahlstrom still being only 23 and also a former first-round, there could be a market for him if the Islanders elect to shop him. We will need to wait and see if they do just that from here.

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