6/25 Qualifying Offers Due/Prospect Camp Opens

New York Islander Fan Central | 6/25/2018 03:25:00 AM |
The qualifying offers list is very important. Those players not given the offer become free agents.

It's not a contract if qualified, but means that team retains their rights.

Lou Lamoriello's first roster decisions.

Brock Nelson/Ryan Pulock/Devon Toews will be qualified for sure, Nelson will not be an easy or inexpensive signing, Pulock will likely be an expensive bridge deal.

I would move on from Alain Quine & Shane Prince and not qualify, too many injuries, or ineffective. Plus simply did not have a set spot. Bring them back on AHL only deals later if they can't find a spot somewhere else. Can't see much interest either way.

As popular as Ross Johnston was I would not give him an automatic NHL spot, would not qualify.

Would also not qualify Kyle Schempp.

Kyle Burroughs was too good not to qualify in Bridgeport, the prospect pool got deeper for defenders, but he can play.

Brandon Davidson is a tough call, he's serviceable (despite some bad puck-luck) and if you can't keep Hickey/deHaan/Seidenberg you will need an inexpensive depth veteran. I would qualify him based on the decent play I saw.
Prospect camp will be interesting for players but also for who's coaching. I don't see Barry Trotz coming down for this after the longest season of his career. Elements of Weight's staff are here (so is Weight) so they have plenty of coaches here now (and from Bridgeport) to work with the players.

Kind of liked when these camps were in July after free agency settled down.

Many of the names will just be here to earn contracts, some players selected at draft, the walk-on list is always fun.