New York Islander Fan Central | 10/08/2008 06:01:00 PM Andy Sutton Chris Campoli Hockey Night on Long Island Jack Hillen Josh Bailey Kyle Okposo Nate Thompson Nikita Filatov Scott Gordon
NHL.com: Reported the New York Islanders on Wednesday claimed center Nate Thompson off waivers from the Boston Bruins and reassigned defenseman Brett Skinner to Bridgeport. Mr Botta over at My Point Blank Blog here had the story from practice earlier today along with Scott Gordon's comments about why the team made a claim on him and what he will bring to the club.
Newsday: Greg Logan has an updated blog with head coach Scott Gordon's comments on Nate Thompson being part of the answer in terms of the physical part of the roster with a skating element the coach likes and can play not only center but other wings so this will not necessarily effect Josh Bailey's status.
Some statistical career back ground here along with his AHL.com profile here.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
A little surprising. We can speculate all night on the roster and what this little move does because Thompson is a center and we all know Josh Bailey is a center.
Frans Nielsen is playing center, Park, Hilbert can play center and we all know Mike Comrie, Doug Weight with Mike Sillinger are you guessed it, centers.
Something has to give sooner or later among the forwards if this coach sticks to his words of Bailey having to play on it's top three lines.
I guess if you voted Brett Skinner (meaning you did not vote for his demotion) you did not win the poll after all and dropping a defender to claim a center we will see what the ripple effect is unless Garth Snow has a defender healthier than expected or one he wants to acquire?
What does it say about Colliton or Walter when a twenty four year old center is claimed for a spot either of them needed to win in this camp along with twenty five year old Rob Hennigar's very early assignment to the Bridgeport part of camp and for that matter Mike Iggulden who got a cameo with San Jose against the Islanders?
If Thompson was claimed for enforcer skills, at this point I have to ask why did Garth Snow sign Joel Rechlicz to a three year contract?
I'm not sure Garth Snow or Scott Gordon are done yet.
Newsday: Mr Logan's 10/9 article has comments from Josh Bailey and Jack Hillen about where they have been used in practice along with what role they could have working with the veterans vs prospects for the time they are here, Scott Gordon talks about what he liked in Hillen from the beginning from his two games last season.
Islanders website: Has a team preview which included Scott Gordon's comments, Nate Thompson was listed with the defenders but overall a solid job.
Newsday: Jim Baumbach actually attended practice and had an interview with Kyle Okposo who spoke about last year's experience, what he is looking to do this season and what the coaches have him working on.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Good article, you almost read his work and expect something negative based on the blog entries which begs the question why not drop the shock jock act and do more of this? Anyone else notice Thomas Pock has been around about a week and the club has not issued one statement from him nor has Newsday done one interview?
Bridgeport Sound Tigers: Announced it's final roster for the Sound Tigers that is not so final now because it did not include Brett Skinner's demotion.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in his blog entries also had the numerical roster and a few other entries about Internet game coverage changing to basically an ITV ppv format for the American Hockey League here which now have Mr Wang's neulion stamp on them as he is waiting on paperwork regarding some players.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
I will be updating all this on the prospects blog including the link to the PPV television coverage.
I think I have most of the roster correct for Bridgeport in terms of numbers but have to do some changes to reflect the final cuts so bear with me for those who read the prospect blog profiles. With the turnover in Utah and Odessa it would be impossible for me to keep up with tryout contracts which is why it's best to link to their websites as updates happen which we do have for everyone.
I did see Campoli and Sutton open the market today here along with Islanders president Chris Dey with the players comments on the event.
Alex & Steve from Hockey Night on LI are having a double-header this weekend in terms of radio shows here with one on Friday at 5pm and another on Saturday at 3:30pm before the home opener to kick off the season after Scott Cullen appeared a few weeks ago. They invited me to appear on the Friday show and as always it will be a lot of fun and both do an excellent job with the program which is features on the sidebar of NYIFC.
Filatov was assigned to the AHL and can be recalled.
Unless something major breaks on Thursday I have scheduled our season preview at appear at 7:30am as opposed to the regular news articles but the feeders are available for the local coverage.