Otto Koivula

Otto Koivula (born 1 September 1998) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect under contract to the New York Islanders organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

Otto Koivula
Born (1998-09-01) 1 September 1998 (age 22)
Nokia, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Forward
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Ilves
HIFK
NHL Draft 120th overall, 2016
New York Islanders
Playing career 2016–present

Playing careerEdit

Koivula began playing within the youth hockey program of Ilves Tampere.[2] After two seasons of Junior A SM-liiga, Koivula secured a two-year Liiga contract with Ilves on March 30, 2016.[3]

Koivula was selected in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.

After his second full season in the Liiga in 2017–18, Koivula signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New York Islanders on March 21, 2018.[4]

In his first season in North America, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers developed Koivula to play center, rather than his natural wing position. He responded with a strong season in a new position, scoring 21 goals and 25 assists for 46 points in 69 games. He received his first NHL call-up on October 30, 2019. Otto played his first NHL game on 16 November 2019, in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

On October 9, 2020, Koivula was loaned to HIFK due to the delayed start of the North American season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2014–15 Ilves Jr. A 22 4 6 10 12
2015–16 Ilves Jr. A 49 26 32 58 18 7 5 7 12 4
2015–16 Ilves Liiga 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Ilves Liiga 50 10 20 30 6 10 2 3 5 2
2017–18 Ilves Liiga 53 9 18 27 24
2018–19 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 69 21 25 46 28 5 0 2 2 0
2019–20 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 36 9 13 22 29
2019–20 New York Islanders NHL 12 0 0 0 2
2020–21 HIFK Liiga 14 3 8 11 10
Liiga totals 118 22 46 68 40 10 2 3 5 2
NHL totals 12 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Finland IH18 4th 5 1 0 1 6
2017 Finland WJC 9th 6 0 0 0 0
2018 Finland WJC 6th 5 0 2 2 4
Junior totals 16 1 2 3 10

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Liiga
Rookie of the Year 2017

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Isles Day to Day: Koivula Loaned to HIFK-Hockey Ab". NHL.com. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Otto Koivula player profile". Liiga. 3 February 2016. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Ilves sign junior Otto Koivula" (in Finnish). Ilves Tampere. 30 March 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Koivula agrees to entry-level deal". New York Islanders. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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