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New York Islanders Three Players Fighting For Roster Spot

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles bench duties against the Philadelphia Flyers during a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 20: Kieffer Bellows #20 of the New York Islanders celebrates his powerplay goal at 19:19 of the first period against the New Jersey Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The competition for roster spots for the New York Islanders has focused on three players: Josh Ho-Sang, Kieffer Bellows, and Devon Toews. What are their odds of making the squad?

With four games down and four more to go, the New York Islanders are going to start making cuts to the 68 players currently at training camp. Three names seemingly clear through the next round are Josh Ho-Sang, Kieffer Bellows and Devon Toews.

I could easily add Noah Dobson to the list. The Acadie-Bathurst defenseman won’t be in the first waves of cuts just like the aforementioned three. And with an open spot on the Islanders defense, it makes sense that Dobson could fit.

But at 18-years-old, the odds that Noah Dobson does make the team are incredibly low. Yes, he’s poised and calm in possession and seems to be making the right decision every time. He still has a few things to learn, and perhaps even strengthen up before he makes the jump to the NHL.

The three I’m considering all have good odds to make the Islanders roster this season, for various reasons. They might be playing lights out right now, they might have the weight of expectation pushing their narrative, or they could simply be the right fit for the spot.

So let’s discuss what each of the three – Josh Ho-Sang, Kieffer Bellows, and Devon Toews- odds look like now after four games of preseason, how they could make the teams, and how they could miss out on joining the Islanders to start the 2018-19 NHL season.

Note: these odds are my own and not part of some sort of insane Vegas prop bet on training camp chances.

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