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New York Islanders Daily: Luca Sbisa Attending Camp On PTO

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Luca Sbisa #47 of the Vegas Golden Knights takes a break during a stop in play in the first period of a game against the Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena on February 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 7-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 21: Luca Sbisa #47 of the Vegas Golden Knights takes a break during a stop in play in the first period of a game against the Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena on February 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 7-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders invited former Vegas Golden Knight Luca Sbisa to Training Camp on a PTO. He’ll likely compete for a seventh d-man role.

The New York Islanders are deadset on giving the seventh d-man role to a veteran defender. At least that’s what it seems like by the number of veteran blueliners their hosting at Training Camp this month.

The latest vet to join the bunch is, Luca Sbisa. According to Arthur Staple, Sbisa is attending camp on a PTO.

Last year, Sbisa played just 30 games in the regular season. In those games he was productive offensively, putting up 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists). On paper, his offensive production from the blue line was very good, it just doesn’t tell the entire story.

Defensively, Sbisa wasn’t great. He had a 43.8 CF percentage, a career low, and a -9.1 relative CF percentage. In the playoffs, Sbisa really struggled. He gave the puck away 12 times in 12 games. His ice time also dramatically decreased come playoff time as Vegas realized his lack of productivity defensively.

I’m all for giving guys shots but do it with youth. I’m tired of the washed up or mediocre veterans. Let Devon Toews play, and then have Adam Pelech as the seventh d-man. He’s perfect for that role and much younger.

Hopefully, neither Sbisa or Seidenberg touch the opening night roster.

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