New York Islanders Have Opportunity For Youth According To Barry Trotz

Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders have an extremely crowded forward group, but there’s plenty of opportunities to go around, says the coach.

New York Islanders prospects report today and it has us itching for hockey so badly. This year’s training camp is going to be particularly interesting because of all the competition between the veterans and the young guys.

Based on past history, the veterans usually tend to get the nod over the younger guys. That might not be the case this year according to head coach, Barry Trotz.

When asked about Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, Trotz said they have a huge opportunity at camp this year. The quote that stood out for me was:

"“Sometimes, you don’t want to block a guy from making that next step”"

Do the Isles do the unthinkable and play Dal Colle and Ho-Sang over Andrew Ladd and another forward like Leo Komarov? I’d normally say it’s a stretch, but we have to see what happens in camp if both MDC and JHS are blowing people out of the water they have to play.

Trotz even mentioned Oliver Wahlstrom by name. While I’m not so sure he’ll make the team out of camp it isn’t a crazy thought to assume he’ll be a part of the Isles top-six in 2020-2021.

We made it Islander fans, summer is over and we have hockey drama. It’s perfect.

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