New York Islanders Roundtable: What Rookie Makes the Team?

Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the third period during a preseason hockey game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

We’re into the first week of training camp and pre-season hockey and the New York Islanders have a plethora of young players pushing for a spot on the NHL roster. Can any actually make the cut?

In this week’s New York Islanders roundtable Eyes on Isles staff writers try to answer: “What rookie is going to make the team?” 

This means on a full-time basis. Not what player is going to get a nine-game trial on the roster before being shipped back down to the juniors or AHL for the rest of the season. What player has a shot at staying with the team for the length of the season?

The Islanders have already started making cuts. Releasing defencemen Parker Wotherspoon, Mitchell Vande Sompel and David Quenneville back to their junior teams. So count them out.

Although, to be fair, they never really stood a chance at making the NHL squad. The Islanders are stocked when it comes to defensive prospects and only have a few spots to fill. A number of them were going to be the first cut.

The forwards are equally stocked with players like Mathew Barzal, Joshua Ho-Sang, and Michael Dal Colle candidates for a job. But the number of candidates grossly outnumber the available spots.

With another fifteen days before the season opener against the New York Rangers, there’s still lots of time to trim the active roster down to 23 players.

None of us know how many spots the Islanders are looking to fill. But at least one of these kids can make the team.

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