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.
The Islanders loaned Koivula to AHL Bridgeport on Friday.
Koivula has been a healthy scratch for four of the Isles' last 10 games and only averaged 7:20 of ice time in the six contests he appeared in, so this move makes sense. The 21-year-old rookie will return to a prominent role with Bridgeport, where he's posted five points in 10 games this campaign.
Koivula was a healthy scratch for the third time in the last five games for the Islanders on Tuesday versus Montreal.
Koivula has yet to register a point for the Isles in six games this season and had a team-low 4:26 of ice time Monday. With Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body) possibly returning from IR before the Islanders depart on their next road trip Saturday, Koivula may be ticketed back to AHL Bridgeport.
The Islanders recalled Koivula from the minors Tuesday.
Casey Cizikas and Andrew Ladd are both dealing with knee injuries ahead of Wednesday's matchup with Toronto, so Koivula will be on hand in case either of them are unable to go against the Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old Finn has picked up two goals and five points in 10 AHL appearances this season.
Koivula was sent down to AHL Bridgeport following Saturday's win over Florida.
The 21-year-old did not dress during his brief stint with the Islanders and will now return to the minors, where Koivula has a pair of goals -- along with two assists -- in eight appearances.
Koivula was recalled from the minors Thursday.
Koivula didn't play in his previous call-up and is unlikely to do so versus Pittsburgh on Thursday. If the center does slot into the lineup, it would likely be in favor of Cole Bardreau or Oliver Wahlstrom. As soon as the Islanders can get healthy, Koivula will be back in the minors, where he has recorded two goals, two assists and four PIM in eight games.
The Islanders assigned Koivula to AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
With exactly 12 healthy forwards and six healthy defensemen, the Islanders recalled Koivula and blueliner Seth Helgeson to take warmups in case of a last-second injury. Nothing surfaced, so the two were sent back to the minors. Koivula has four points in seven AHL games this year.
The Islanders recalled Koivula from AHL Bridgeport on Tuesday.
Koivula's latest minor-league assignment lasted just two days, with the Isles' decision to bring him back perhaps indicating that none of their five forwards on injured reserve are on track to return Tuesday against the Senators. Even if that's the case, Koivula will still more than likely find himself in the press box Tuesday.
The Islanders re-assigned Koivula to AHL Bridgeport on Sunday.
The Finn got the call Wednesday from the minors, but will be sent back down without playing a game. The 21-year-old will return to Bridgeport where he has just two points in six games this season. His demotion is a positive sign that the Islanders could be getting healthier ahead of Tuesday's game against Ottawa.
The Islanders recalled Koivula from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday.
Matt Martin and Tom Kuhnhackl are both dealing with long-term lower-body injuries, so Koivula could be in for an extended stay with the big club. The 21-year-old Finn has notched two helpers in six minor-league appearances this season.
Koivula has been moved to center this season, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Center is a position of weakness throughout the organization for the Islanders so they have moved Koivula for the time being. A rash of injuries could always change their plans, however. This is not bad news for Koivula because if he can excel at center, his path to the Islanders could be much quicker. Koivula impressed the Isles with 21 goals and 46 points for AHL Bridgeport last season. At 6-foot-4 and 230 lbs, Koivula is a big body, and not one necessarily built to play center, but there were no problems last year. Koivula will likely begin the year with Bridgeport once again, but he should debut with the Isles at some point this season.
Koivula picked up a pair of goals in AHL Bridgeport's 5-4 overtime win over Springfield on Sunday.
Koivula's first season in the AHL has been a struggle. The former Finnish league Rookie of the Year broke an eight-game goalless drought on Sunday and he has just five tallies in 20 games for the year. Perhaps most concerning is the fact that Koivula, who is known as a sniper, has just 24 shots on goal in those 20 contests. Koivula is a big kid (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) and he turned just 20 years of age in September, but he isn't blessed with a great set of wheels and the big Finn will need to find a way to generate more offense on the smaller ice surfaces of North America.
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