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This Day in Isles History: June 22

The Islanders select Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

by New York Islanders @NYIslanders / NewYorkIslanders.com

June 22, 2018 - With the 11th and 12th overall picks, the Islanders select Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Wahlstrom, taken 11th overall from the US National Team Development Program, made his NHL debut on Oct. 14, 2019 against the St. Louis Blues. Wahlstrom has 45 points (25G, 20A) in 126 career games with the Islanders.

Video: NHL Draft 2018: Wahlstrom and Dobson's Draft Day

Dobson, drafted 12th overall from Acadie-Bathurst in the QMJHL, also made his NHL debut in the 2019-20 season and has seen his role grow steadily since. In 2021-22, his third season with the Islanders, Dobson registered 51 points (13G, 38A) in 80 games, becoming the first Islanders defenseman to record 50 points since Mark Streit in 2008-09. In 160 career games, Dobson has 72 points (17G, 55A).

The Islanders also drafted 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). 


Tweet from @NYIslanders: Congratulations to #Isles President and General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, on receiving the 2020-21 Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award in back-to-back years! 👏Read more ������

June 22, 2021 - Lou Lamoriello wins the Jim Gregory Award for GM of the Year for a second straight season. Lamoriello is the first GM to repeat as winner.

In Lamoriello's third season as Islanders GM, the team went 32-17-7 this season and allowed the second-fewest goals (128) in the league. The Islanders also advanced to the third round of the playoffs for a second-straight season after making a run to the Eastern Conference Final in the bubble in 2019-20. 

"Very humbling and yet difficult at the same time," Lamoriello said to Brian Burke during his acceptance speech. "This is an award which embraces whatever success the organization has had throughout the year. I accept this award on behalf of Scott Malkin and his partners who have given us all the resources over the past three years to have whatever success we've been able to accomplish."

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