The New York Islanders have more than enough players to fill that 20-man roster. Assuming those few rookies make the team it might mean some veterans are no longer needed.
If Barzal, Ho-Sang, and co. make the team the Isles have two extra names. Shane Prince and Dennis Seidenberg. What do they do with them?
At the moment Pulock and Pelech are in Cap Friendly’s 23-man active roster for the Isles, but there’s no Barzal, no Ho-Sang. If both or even one is going to make the team than one to two players have to expendable. Prince and Seidenberg are my choices.
Shane Prince was already in-and-out of the lineup near the end of the 2016-17 season. He’ll have to have a great camp to prove he deserves a regular team spot.
His 18 points in a 50 game injury shortened season was good. But the Isles are looking to make the playoffs, but good doesn’t cut it. Prince might just find himself playing in the AHL next season.
Seidenberg is an interesting name here. He had a great 2016-17 season, even if he tailed off after a blistering start to the year. His play earned him a second single year deal with a $250,000 upgrade for his services.
So why does he not find a way on the roster? Because who know’s what Garth is doing exactly. Remember the whole P.A. Parenteau issue last season?
With Pulock and Pelech likely starters next season, where does Seidenberg fit in? And if you include him in your roster, even the 23-man active roster who doesn’t make your cut?