Islanders right wing Oliver Wahlstrom during training camp at the Northwell...

Islanders right wing Oliver Wahlstrom during training camp at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow on Sept. 25. Credit: Brad Penner

The top 12 forwards essentially have been established, at least in Barry Trotz’s mind. The coach, without naming his starters, is now trying to figure out which extras the Islanders will carry.

So where does Oliver Wahlstrom fit?

The 11th overall pick in 2018 again will be in the Islanders’ lineup when they face the Devils on Saturday afternoon in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in their first of three home preseason games at Webster Bank Arena.

Wahlstrom, who had 12 goals and nine assists in 44 games and a goal and two assists in five playoff games before being sidelined by a lower-body injury, offers the Islanders a much-needed sharpshooter. But Trotz said he needs to be better in training camp.

"I think the biggest thing is self-recognition," Trotz said after Friday’s practice at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow. "He knows he hasn’t had the greatest of camps until this point. The key for him, where he made big strides last year, was moving the feet and participating in the game rather than watching the game. I might go to 'Wahlly' after his last game and go, ‘How’d you play?’ and he’d go, ‘Not very well,’ and he’d recognize it. I would ask that same question last year and he went, ‘Well, I thought I was pretty good.’"

Wahlstrom had a power-play assist in 18:03 with one shot in Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers in Philadelphia. He skated on Austin Czarnik’s right wing along with Richard Panik.

Wahlstrom’s spot for the regular-season opener on Oct. 14 at Carolina can’t be considered guaranteed despite last season’s contributions. Unlike most of the camp competition, he doesn’t need waivers to be re-assigned to the Islanders’ AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

"Just continue to keep doing what I’ve been doing," Wahlstrom said. "I think consistency is important in this league. I found that last year, I had some ups and downs. It’s a learning curve and this year is all about consistency and finding ways to be at my best no matter how I’m feeling or what the circumstances are."

Never getting back into the playoff lineup despite healing is part of that learning curve.

"The injury was pretty tough, I learned a lot through that process," said Wahlstrom, who went hard into the boards in Game 5 of the first round against the Penguins after colliding with defenseman Mike Matheson. "I never got injured like that in my career. For this year, it’s just continuing to take baby steps into being a complete player."

Notes & quotes: Matt Martin (ankle) did some light work on ice with teammates. "I expect him to get ramped up in the next few days and maybe join the group full time," Trotz said … Trotz listed goalie Semyon Varlamov (soreness) as day to day. "It’s nothing serious," Trotz said. "It’s just something that we want to get 100% cleared up. Once we get going, there’s nowhere to recover. I’d rather him start at 100%."

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