|Assets:||Has excellent scoring ability and loads of tenacity. Can play a big man's game due to superior work ethic and an excellent skating stride. Possesses a lethal shot and a pretty good nose for the net.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't yet know how good he can be, which can be frustrating for his coaches. Tends to wear down over the course of an 82-game schedule, so durability is a concern. Must also continue to improve his defense.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent scoring winger with a little upside.|
|USHL||Rookie of the Year||2005-06|
|USHL||First All-Star Team||2005-06|
|USHL||Clark Cup Playoff MVP||2005-06|
|5/25/2011||Signed by the New York Islanders to five-year contract extension.|
|1/20/2011||Missed 44 games (shoulder surgery).|
|9/28/2010||Shoulder surgery, injured reserve.|
|3/19/2010||Missed 1 game (undisclosed).|
|11/13/2009||Missed 1 game (H1N1 virus).|
|11/11/2009||H1N1 virus, day-to-day.|
|4/14/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|4/11/2009||Missed 4 games (groin).|
|3/05/2009||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|3/04/2009||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|12/19/2008||Missed 13 games (arm injury).|
|11/19/2008||Arm injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|3/16/2008||Recalled from Bridgeport (AHL).|
|1/09/2008||Assigned to Bridgeport (AHL).|
|12/28/2007||Signed by the New York Islanders to a three-year entry level contract.|
|6/24/2006||Drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round (7th overall) in 2006.|
Kyle Okposo's playoff success continues | 05/08/2013 8:50 AM
NewsKyle Okposo recorded his third goal of the postseason in Tuesday's 6-4 win against Pittsburgh.
New York Newsday
ImpactThe Islanders are a confident group in their first-round series versus the Penguins and with both teams winning two games that confidence is justified. Okposo scored from behind the goal line on a bank shot off Marc-Andre Fleury's pad in the second period. He had four goals in 48 regular-season contests, but has elevated his game to a much higher level in the playoffs.
Kyle Okposo impressing in first playoffs | 05/07/2013 10:46 AM
NewsKyle Okposo is making his presence felt in his first playoff experience.
ImpactWith two goals and a helper, Okposo has arguably been the Islanders' best forward in the first-round series. "He's been great for us," Brad Boyes said. "He's been physical, doing what it takes. That's what you need in the playoffs. It's been great to see. He's getting his first taste, but it doesn't really seem like it.
Kyle Okposo makes impact again for NYI | 05/05/2013 3:30 PM
NewsKyle Okposo has carried the momentum he built during the end of the 2013 regular season into the playoffs.
ImpactHe was the difference-maker in Game 2 and nearly did the same in Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. He had a goal and an assist in today's game, yet the Pens ultimately won 5-4 in OT. John Tavares was strong in his own right, scoring the game-tying goal.
Okposo gets GWG, Isles come back to top Pens | 05/03/2013 9:55 PM
NewsKyle Okposo potted the game-winning goal in the Islanders' 4-3 come-from-behind win against the Penguins in Game 2 on Friday night.
ImpactOkposo was the catalyst for the Isles in this one, as his fight -- the first of his career -- against Matt Niskanen at 4:58 of the second period shifted momentum New York's way, when it was down 3-1. The Islanders would score three unanswered goals, one by Colin McDonald 14 seconds after the fight and the second by Matt Martin just over five minutes after that. Matt Moulson had a power-play marker in the first period. Mark Streit chipped in with two helpers. Any fear about John Tavares' first-game struggles carrying over can be put to bed, too, as he was superb, getting an assist, four penalty minutes and a team-high six shots on goal.
No fine or suspension for Kyle Okposo | 04/21/2013 5:39 PM
NewsIt appears that there won't be any supplementary discipline for New York Islanders forward Kyle Okposo's hit on Winnipeg Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian.
Gary Lawless on Twitter
ImpactAs with many hits, there was at least a small contingent of people who expected a fine or a suspension. Okposo won't miss any time or money, though.
Kyle Okposo scores lone goal for Isles | 04/04/2013 10:21 PM
NewsKyle Okposo scored the only Islanders goal Thursday in a 2-1 shootout loss to Washington.
ImpactOkposo's goal was just his fourth of the campaign, which is a rather larger disappointment for the former first round selection. He has excelled on a line with John Tavares in the past, but has enjoyed relatively little success otherwise.
Kyle Okposo finally busts out vs. Leafs | 03/01/2013 12:05 AM
NewsKyle Okposo scored a goal and added two assists in the Islanders 5-4 OT loss to Toronto Thursday.
ImpactOkposo was electric in this game and looked like an offensive force for the first time this season. Lubomir Visnovsky, Joshua Bailey and Andrew MacDonald all scored their first goal of the season in the Islanders' loss.
Kyle Okposo playing better on a new line | 02/17/2013 11:02 AM
NewsKyle Okposo has gotten off to another rough start this season, but is playing better on a new line.
New York Newsday
ImpactOkposo has just a goal and four points in 14 games this season, but the switch to a line with Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen made for some more positive work Thursday and Saturday night despite nothing to show for it on the scoresheet. "I thought we played a pretty good game [Thursday]. We created some opportunities, had some good cycling down low. We do work pretty well together," said Okposo. Okposo is still waiting for his breakout year.
Okposo isn't likely to be sent to press box | 02/11/2013 11:36 AM
NewsKyle Okposo has gotten off to another rough start, but he's not likely to be a healthy scratch.
New York Newsday
ImpactOkposo has just a goal and four points in 11 games this season. He had three points in 14 contests in 2011-12 before being scratched for three straight games. Still, it sounds like history won't repeat itself. "Last year was different. I saw a guy who was going through the motions a little bit," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "Now I see a guy who's fighting the puck, no question. But he's working hard."
| 02/10/2013 3:01 AM
NewsKyle Okposo returned to action on Saturday February 9.
Okposo status questionable Saturday | 02/09/2013 12:36 PM
NewsIt is not known if Kyle Okposo will be sufficiently recovered from the flu to play Saturday night against the Sabres.
ImpactOkposo missed practice Friday due the illness and it will likely be a game-time decision as to whether he plays against Buffalo. If you have a reasonable replacement, we would play it safe and reserve Okposo.
Kyle Okposo sits out practice with illness | 02/08/2013 2:11 PM
NewsKyle Okposo is sick and didn't practice Friday.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactOkposo's status for Saturday's game is up the air at the moment. The former first-round pick was recently taken off the Isles' top line after struggling to produce offensively this season. Owners who held onto him will want to check back after Saturday's morning skate to see if Okposo is feeling better.
Kyle Okposo knows he has 'to be better' | 02/05/2013 10:38 AM
NewsKyle Okposo understands why he was taken off the team's top line and he's eager to get back into a groove.
New York Newsday
ImpactHe is slated to play with Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen Tuesday after starting the season alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson. "We've scored one five-on-five goal the last two games, so something's got to change," Okposo said. "I don't look at this as a demotion, but I know I've got to be better and the team's got to be better." He had a goal and an assist in his opening two games, but has struggled since then with one helper in his past six outings.
Kyle Okposo gets demoted from first line | 01/26/2013 11:19 AM
NewsIslanders coach Jack Capuano didn't call him out directly, but his lineup decision with Kyle Okposo showed he wasn't happy with his play Friday night.
ImpactKyle Aucoin, who scored both goals, had to be moved up to the top line later in the game. Okposo does have a goal and an assist on the year, but the Islanders need a more consistent player this year. "We just had some guys who could have stepped it up a bit tonight," Capuano said. "For whatever reason, some of them didn't respond."
Kyle Okposo skates with Tavares and Moulson | 01/14/2013 1:59 PM
NewsKyle Okposo started training camp on the top line with Matt Moulson and John Tavares.
New York Newsday
Impact"You look at some of the success they had as a line last [season], this is something we wanted to look at right away," coach Jack Capuano said. "We're not going to waste a whole lot of time experimenting." With an abbreviated camp and the regular season set to begin this weekend there isn't a lot of time to waste, so line combinations this week could reveal what coaches want to start the year with.
|Goals||1||4 times-last:at Wsh||last:Apr 4||2|
|Assists||2||4 times-last:at Car||last:Apr 23||2|
|Points||3||vs. Tor||Feb 28||3|
|Penalty Minutes||12||vs. NYR||Mar 7||12|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 11||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||48 times-last:at Buf||last:Apr 26||1|
|Power Play Points||1||3 times-last:vs. Fla||last:Apr 16||1|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:at Buf||last:Apr 26||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:at Buf||last:Apr 26||0|
|Shots||6||vs. Wpg||Apr 2||5|
|Penalty Minutes||46||2011-12 (NYI)|
|Plus/Minus||+3||2 times-last: 2010-11 (NYI)|
|Power Play Goals||9||2008-09 (NYI)|
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