The Islanders website released it's rosters for the groups traveling to Quebec City to play the Canadians, and the group that will face the Devils on Saturday at the Nassau Coliseum.
Saturday is the final preseason games for New York, the last chance to put it's regulars together to fine tune a lineup that has only three days to play together in NHL action.
Rob Schremp is out for Saturday, Weight will now play Saturday.
Having written this there are a few shockers beyond Milan Jurcina not dressing for either team at this time. Matt Martin and Robin Figren are also apparently still injured and not scheduled Saturday.
Hillen, Hamonic, Gervais, McAmmond, Joensuu, Niederreiter, Kolanos, Ortmeyer and Manny Legace all will be taking a plane ride to Quebec for what looks like an AHL lineup, players invitations ending or returning to juniors.
Here are the rosters for tomorrow night's split squad games:
New Jersey at New York Saturday:
Rob Schremp-replaced by Weight.
Parenteau, Rahkshaki, Hilbert and Gillies will play Saturday in New York. Doug Weight apparently will play but perhaps the idea was Hilbert replace him, but now he replaces Schremp.
Gillies-Konopka-Hilbert (for Schremp)
Quebec City at Canadians:
My take (which could be wrong) is if Nino Niederreiter is not with the top offensive players in the NHL lineup at the Coliseum Saturday, he is being returned to juniors.
Based on what I listened to Rhett Rahkshani has been a little more involved, however this is a very small body of work, but is a graduated college player in his twenties.
Niederreiter is also a player who only turned eighteen on September 8th, by comparison John Tavares turned twenty on Sept 20th.
Hilbert is in the Coliseum lineup likely so Weight (now playing because of Schremp) would not have had to go back to back for now. Jurcina apparently is not scheduled to play anywhere, with Anders Eriksson on tryout that does not add up unless he is injured or he sits while deHaan's look is extended.
Kevin Poulin is not apparently going to Quebec, New York or Bridgeport. Nate Lawson has not dressed anywhere. Kohn was placed on waivers Saturday, he needed to so he could go to Bridgeport, Klementyev/Romano also assigned Bridgeport.
It also seems by lines Hillen and Gervais are on the bubble/outside or a pair Scott Gordon does not want to separate, this bears watching. Gervais ties to Quebec may come into play.
Some speculation but it seems for now Rahkshani has taken Niederreiter's spot, deHaan has again forced coaching staff to give him a longer look. I'm not sure if Parenteau is a lock to make the club or not, but he has the one-way contract he had a year ago.
In a few days all these questions are answered. A trade/transaction can always happen at any time and change everything. Tomorrow is a very big day for some of these players, I'm not sure how many spots are won during scrimmages after this.
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