USA Hockey will be getting their own professional reinforcement for the upcoming World Junior tournament, as Oliver Wahlstrom has been loaned from the New York Islanders. Wahlstrom has played in nine games with the Islanders but also has 20 AHL contests under his belt this season. GM Lou Lamoriello announced today that Noah Dobson will not be loaned to Team Canada.
Wahlstrom, 19, gets another chance to take home gold at the event after winning a silver medal last season with Team USA. The talented winger has been a top prospect in the country for years now, armed with an incredible shot and nose for the net. That ability hasn’t landed him a point at the NHL level so far, but just the experience of playing with the best in the world should help him when he’s matched up against junior competition.
Selection camp is underway in Plymouth for the squad, with Wahlstrom joining several other returning players from the silver medal squad.