Koivula was waived by the Islanders on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports. Koivula didn't crack the Isles' lineup once last season after appearing in 12 games with New York in 2019-20, during which he went scoreless while averaging 7:55 of ice time per contest. The 23-year-old Finn will almost certainly spend most of the upcoming campaign in the minors.
Koivula signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Thursday, CapFriendly reports. Koivula split time between Finland's Liiga and the AHL last season, tallying 11 points through 14 games with HIFK and nine points in 20 appearances with Bridgeport. The 23-year-old forward will likely spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors.
Koivula was promoted from AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, per CapFriendly. Koivula didn't see any NHL action this year, but he recorded nine points in 20 games with Bridgeport. The Finn will likely serve as center depth during the Islanders' playoff run.
Koivula was reassigned to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, per CBS Sports. Koivula will likely continue to bounce between levels throughout the year, but the 22-year-old is unlikely to play much with the Islanders.
Koivula is a healthy scratch Sunday in New Jersey. Unfortunately for Koivula, he is a center, a position that might be the deepest on the team with Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Casey Cizikas. Coach Barry Trotz has rotated wings on the third line but hasn't felt the need to do so at center. Koivula will likely need an injury to another center before he sees any game action.
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