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New York Islanders 3 Biggest Questions for 2018-19 Training Camp

SYOSSET, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders talks to players during rookie training camp at Ice Works on September 13, 2010 in Syosset, New York. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)
SYOSSET, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Coach Scott Gordon of the New York Islanders talks to players during rookie training camp at Ice Works on September 13, 2010 in Syosset, New York. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NY – JULY 13: Long Island native Stephen Alonge #64 of the New York Islanders helps lead stretching exercises at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY – JULY 13: Long Island native Stephen Alonge #64 of the New York Islanders helps lead stretching exercises at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders 2018-19 training camp is only a few weeks away. As we build up to the opening of the Isles 46th NHL season, what are the three biggest questions that need to be answered in camp?

With the huge changes that have gone on with the New York Islanders, the 2018 training camp is going to be an interesting one. A number of players are competing for spots and healthy competition tends to bring the best out of players.

There’s no complacency. Sure, some players like Mathew Barzal, Jordan Eberle, or Anders Lee have nothing to worry about regarding a roster spot in 2018-19. But there are a number of players that don’t have that luxury.

Players throughout the bottom six are essentially all fighting for a spot on the roster. Whether it’s a number of veterans brought in during the free agency period or young kids looking to make the next step.

There’s also an empty slot on the blueline that needs to be filled. Again, do the Islanders give it to a veteran player whos been in the league? Or do they give it to a rookie who’s never experienced NHL hockey before?

Then there are players who have something to prove. They need to show management that they belong in the NHL. Their competition isn’t just the players that share their position, but they’ve also got to compete against any preconceived notion that they might not be able to cut it.

What are the three biggest questions that need to be answered during the 2018 New York Islanders training camp?

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