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New York Islanders Podcast: NHL Preseason Actually Matters

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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The New York Islanders are currently in the middle of the 2018 preseason. And unlike some would suggest, the preseason, actually matter.

For this year’s training camp, the New York Islanders brought in 40 forwards, 21 defenders, and seven goalies. Management’s job now is to reduce that list by 45 and figure out who their 23 best players are.

That’s why preseason matters. Of course, wins and losses don’t matter. No points are given out in the preseason. And there aren’t standings for preseason games. Sure, the result of the game doesn’t matter, but how players perform certainly does.

How Brock Nelson plays at center will dictate if he continues to do so in the regular season or not. If he’s absent again, Barry Trotz might just have to try someone else between Anders Lee and Josh Bailey.

And what of the defense? The New York Islanders only have six defensemen on the roster. NHL teams carry seven defensemen during the regular season meaning there’s a spot up for grabs for the players who demonstrates he’s the best fit.

Is that going to be the Isles fourth-round pick in 2014 Devon Toews? Or will it go to former Vegas Golden Knight Luca Sbisa who’s with the team on a PTO? Depending on who gets that seventh spot will answer some questions or change some opinions on Devon Toews.

Again, preseason matters.

What Else Do We Talk About?

What’s really the deal with fans and Josh Ho-Sang? It seems that a personal day isn’t just a personal day anymore. If Ho-Sang had truly crossed a line with the organization it seems odd that their ‘punishment’ would be to have him sit a day.

Fans reacted in a number of different ways as hockey returned to Long Island with the Islanders first preseason game. While most were just jubilant to be able to see NHL hockey at the Nassau Coliseum again, some decided to make a statement about John Tavares.

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