The New York Islanders are set to open training camp for the 2019-20 season. What are the three battles to look forward to the most?
New York Islanders prospects report to training camp tomorrow. That’s right. Hockey is back baby! The veterans, however, won’t come to camp until the 12th of September.
This year’s training camp is going to be interesting for the sheer number of battles going on for NHL spots. At the time of writing the New York Islanders have 16 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies under NHL contracts.
That’s 25 players to fit a 23-man active roster. Not everyone is going to make the final cut.
And that doesn’t count Joshua Ho-Sang, Kieffer Bellows, Oliver Wahlstrom, Otto Koivula, or Noah Dobson. All of which have varying degrees of probabilities to make the NHL this year. There’s an overload of players for positions going into the season.
We already know that a top-six right-wing position is open. All three positions along the third line will be competed for. And Noah Dobson will be given a good chance to make the team this season. That’s three major competitions for NHL spots. And there’s still AHL spots after that to consider.
I’ve said it before, the 2019 New York Islanders training camp will be a gauntlet. Here are the three battles I’m looking forward to the most, and why.