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)
The New York Islanders training camp is open! Hockey is almost here. Looking at Barry Trotz’s training camp groups, here are some of our initial takeaways.
The 2018-19 season is almost here. With the New York Islanders opening training camp today we’re only weeks away from the puck dropping on the Isles 46th regular season in the NHL. October is almost here.
After the Islanders tumultuous off-season, we can finally start talking about the actual regular season. First is training camp and the crafting of the roster based on all the moves made this offseason.
The Islanders have split the training camp roster into three separate groups of players. Each group has 12-13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies. Each is its own little microcosm within the wider Islanders team.
Looking at each group and the lines and pairings within each, what does that tell us about the ramifications for the Islanders 2018-19 roster?
What can we get out of each grouping of players?
Each grouping can tell us something about what the Islanders could look like in 2018-19. At the very least it gives us a sense of what Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz want to see from the roster.
While this initial grouping is nothing binding for the remainder of 2018-19, it certainly gives us all the first glimpse into how management thinks this roster could be constructed. And from what we can see, we have some praise, questions, and observations.