Camp Opens For New York 2010-11

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/17/2010 11:45:00 AM |

Injury Report and Early Line Combination's were also added to teams website.

Islanders website: The complete training camp roster has been released.

Day one of camp for NHL 2010-11 New York Islanders, the beginning of a new hockey season that will run until at least early April 2011.

Islanders website: Announced 9/17 that six players have been released from their professional tryout contracts. Forwards Casey Cizikas and Alex O’Neil, defenseman Tony DeHart will return to Ontario Hockey League (OHL) teams, forwards Steve Tarasuk, Justin Taylor and defenseman Corey Syvret will attend AHL training camp in Bridgeport.

NYIFC Comments:
Nothing shocking here, DeHart did play in AHL briefly last year so going back to OHL quickly is a mild surprise as opposed to Bridgeport. Cizikas is not signed and was injured so he was not going to play for now. O'Neil was not drafted by club.

A few words on two games vs Bruins prospects.

Both Koskinen-Poulin looked very good, games could have become blowouts for Boston with some of quality chances, but they also seemed to have more time to prep for both games.

See a problem with both of them not starting in Bridgeport, plus there is Lawson.

Already injuries are piling up.

David Toews came here and got hurt immediately after two goals for Brandon last Friday. Casey Cizikas got hurt in first game against Boston, that diving blocked shot by Robin Figren (kept playing) now has him on crutches Friday, he scored off balance in first game.

Marcinko, Joensuu, Martin did not play in these games. O'Neil, Taylor and Corey Syvret had some solid play. Boston looked like a much bigger team with those players out.

David Ullstrom for someone trying to play center looked very good, I don't know where he will skate in camp but I thought he was a winger.

Nino Niederreiter had a goal but seemed to pass up some good scoring chances and got knocked down a few times, still backed up his teammates and fought. Has obvious skills. Justin DiBendetto got into some good scoring areas and had over ten shots in two games. Ullstrom found him for a great chance.

Calvin deHaan looked slower than player he was last year on what seemed very bad ice, with bouncing pucks. He took some hits, but still was the qb on the pp, not bad at all for player who's been out for months, same for Mark Katic. Tony DeHart looked better in second game, Travis Hamonic two fights, not bad on defense, played like a leader.

Islander pp seemed reluctant to shoot, lot's of perimeter play, cycles, one-timers from sides, too many off-sides on rushes also.

Seemed like the club had bus-lag for game one, in game two just could not finish or one pass too many, despite high shot total. One goal by Tony Romano was a why-not shot from above circle that got past Boston goalie, that he should have had. Mostly wrist shots and a little tentative to shoot overall, when game opened up and teams traded chances, Boston had more dangerous opportunities which is how game ended in overtime. Kabanov had a three on one and whiffed, but some skill, got into it a little.

ITV/NHLTV feed never worked/Boston feed worked perfect for most of the two games. Don't know difference being it was same brutal announcer?

The NHL camp opens Friday 9/17. First games are not for another twelve days, so unlike other camps this will not be have a few practices and start playing preseason next week. When 9/29 come around there will be split squad games.

If the club went to China it would have been games against their local teams next week.

The Scott Gordon over speed system (when was last time we saw that word?) produced a lot of injuries a few years ago. A lot of days of drills, scrimmages and practices coming, obvious pressure on first coach since Al Arbour (longest tenured Atlantic coach) to open three straight seasons behind club's bench.

This may well determine roster spots unless players become available in salary dumps or those alternatives look better than some of players on Islander roster.

NYIFC has done enough Kirill Pettov updates, his team has every right to hold him to his contract and have him play for AkBars, just like anyone on the Islander roster who has to earn their minutes. Petrov has a binding agreement.

All in all this was a good agreement with Boston, two games that got a lot more attention than rookies games against Canadian schools, where article could barely be found.

As for 2010-11, full camp open today so we start getting some answers.
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