New York Islanders Daily: Luca Sbisa Ice Time Hints At Roster Spot
The New York Islanders brought in Luca Sbisa on a PTO for camp. With his playing time so far, it looks like he’s the front-runner for a roster spot.
Injuries derailed Luca Sbisa’s season with Vegas last year, as he was on injured reserve four times. The New York Islanders saw enough from the former top pairing defensemen to bring in and give a look.
So far, Sbisa has played a ton for the Islanders. In the first game out on the ice, he played 23:06 and his second time out he played 19:38. He’s playing top pair minutes.
I’m not saying that he’ll play top pair minutes if he makes the team but his playing time hints that he’s the front-runner for landing that seventh d-man role.
Last year, in 30 games, Luca Sbisa had 14 points (2 goals, 12 assists). The 28-year-old’s career high in points came with the Ducks in 2012 when he finished with 24 points. Over the last two years, he’s averaged 19:24 of ice time.
That’s a ton. He clearly brings the most experience and the Islanders have shown to go with experienced guys for that role in the past, like with Dennis Seidenberg.
Down the stretch of the preseason, Devon Toews is likely Sbisa’s biggest competition. I’m rooting for the kid to get a shot, but knowing the Islanders, Sbisa will be on the opening night roster with Toews in the AHL.
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