Koivula was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Monday. Koivula was demoted earlier Monday as a paper move but has already returned to the NHL roster. He'll likely suit up for Tuesday's contest against the Rangers.
Koivula was sent to Bridgeport of the AHL on Monday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports. This move seems just to be an accounting one as Koivula is expected to be recalled Tuesday and possibly play that night versus the Rangers. Whether or not he plays likely depends upon the health of several Islander forwards and whether or not Jean-Gabriel Pageau is granted a work visa. If Koivula were to play he will likely center the fourth-line for the Islanders.
The Islanders recalled Koivula from AHL Bridgeport on Friday. Koivula hasn't produced in limited action with the big club this campaign, going scoreless while averaging just 8:15 of ice time per contest in seven appearances. If he cracks the lineup, the 21-year-old rookie will be looking to pick up his first NHL point Friday against Detroit.
The Islanders reassigned Koivula to AHL Bridgeport on Friday. Koivula will return to the minors following Casey Cizikas' (groin) return to action following a one-game absence. The pivot drew into just one game in his brief stint with the club, posting a hit and a plus-1 rating over 13:39 of ice time against the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Koivula was promoted from AHL Bridgeport on Monday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports. With Casey Cizikas (groin) not expected to play in Monday's tilt, Koivula was recalled as some extra insurance. He was on the ice for warmups and could crack the lineup in a bottom-six role. Koivula was held scoreless in his first six NHL games this season.
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