Islanders' first-round draft pick Oliver Wahlstrom poses with  with team representatives after being selected as the 11th overall pick.

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Islanders 1st-Rounder Wahlstrom Going To College

July 30, 2018 - 4:02 pm
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By WFAN.com

As expected, the Islanders will have to wait for first-round draft pick Oliver Wahlstrom.

The 18-year-old right wing has told NHL.com that he will head straight to Boston College for his freshman season.

"There will be no training camp with the Islanders this year, so I'll move into Boston College on Aug. 23 and I'm excited for that," Wahlstrom said. "It's going to be a new adventure. It's a good place for me to develop before the NHL, so it'll be fun."

The Islanders drafted Wahlstrom with the 11th overall pick last month

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Wahlstrom has been turning heads with his scoring potential for years. At 9 years old, the Maine product became a YouTube sensation for a viral trick shot he executed at Boston’s TD Garden. The 18-year-old is a 6-foot-1 right winger with fantastic hands and a natural scoring prowess.

Wahlstrom totaled 48 goals and 94 points in 62 games playing in the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. He also registered 22 goals and 45 points in 26 games in the USHL in 2017-18. While playing in the 2018 IIHF World U19 Championship, Wahlstrom averaged a goal per game and helped Team USA secure a silver medal.

Noah Dobson, whom the Islanders drafted 12th overall, will attend training camp, but the defenseman, also 18, still has the option of returning to his junior team in Canada afterward.