Social media was abuzz once the U.S. National Development Team product came off the board:
Wahlstrom looked like a man among boys at times in the USHL during the 2017-18 season, as the 6'1", 205-pound winger registered 22 goals and 23 assists for 45 points in 26 games.
With 1.73 points per game, Wahlstrom was second to only fellow U.S. National Development Team member Jack Hughes.
He also dominated at the U18 World Championships this year for Team USA with two goals and seven assists in seven games en route to the United States winning a silver medal.
Much of the hype entering the 2018 NHL draft focused on defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and a trio of forwards in Andrei Svechnikov, Filip Zadina and Brady Tkachuk.
Due to his size and physicality around the net, however, Wahlstrom could turn out to be the standout forward from this draft when looking back several years from now.
Wahlstrom already has an NHL body, but since he is committed to playing collegiately at Harvard next season, he may not play in the NHL until 2019-20 at the earliest.
That could change if Wahlstrom is impressive leading up to the 2018-19 campaign, though, and earns an NHL roster spot on merit.
Both Malkin and Laine are big, offensively gifted forwards with great shots, and those are skills Wahlstrom possesses.
If Wahlstrom comes anywhere close to being the type of player Malkin and Laine have been in the NHL, he is in line to develop into a superstar for the Islanders.