The New York Islanders are in the midst of prospect camp and there have been some standout players along the way. We’ll take a look at a few right now:
I know this is the last thing any New York Islanders fan wants to hear right now but the future of this team is pretty bright. They’ve built up a rather nice group of prospects, who have been put on display at the Islanders prospect camp this year.
Arthur Staple took a deep dive into some of the names that are at the camp this year and went over some notable things on some guys that are worth discussing.
We’re going to start with Kieffer Bellows. It’s a bit of a hot take but I think Bellows is going to be a very good NHL level player (like elite good). We might not see him this year but in a year or two I fully expect Bellows to be a regular on this team.
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Bellows is set to play his first year in the WHL. He said this to Newsday:
"“[Coach] Mike Johnston really knows how to prepare guys for the NHL. I enjoyed my time at BU and I think this is going to get me ready to be a pro.”"
Another notable tidbit was from Mathew Barzal. Staple talks about Barzal’s limited time with the team in 2016 and how he almost made the team out of camp in 2015. What was holding him back? Trying to do too much.
Hopefully, he just tries to play his game because I’ll tell you this there’s too much talent there for him not to be successful at the next level. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Barzal over the past couple years and it would be an absolute shame if he didn’t make the team this year (I highly doubt that happens but you never know).
There were a bunch of others too on this list that you can check out. You might not realize it but the Islanders sneakily have a ton of depth on the blue line waiting in the wings.
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