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New York Islanders Three Best 2019 Training Camp Battles

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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DALLAS, TX – JUNE 23: Jakub Skarek talks with the media after being selected 72nd overall by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Soderstrom v. Skarek

We know who the New York Islanders goalies are going to be in the 2019-20 season at the NHL level. Newly acquired Semyon Varlamov should be the starter and Thomas Greiss should be his back-up. Of course, it could also be a 1A-1B situation like the Islanders had with Lehner and Greiss last season.

The point is, the Islanders roster is set in the crease.

Linus Soderstrom (fourth-round pick in 2014) and Jakub Skarek (third-round pick 2018) they’ll be fighting it out for an AHL spot. And be a call away should the Islanders need a third-string goalie.

For Soderstrom, he’s got to show that he’s back to normal following an extended period off the ice due to injury and complications following that injury. For Skarek, he’s got to show he can be an effective goalie on North American ice.

I’m assuming Christopher Gibson will be with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers again this season. Meaning, whomever losses out between Soderstrom and Skarek could very well be heading to the ECHL to get their reps in.

To be fair, the ECHL may not be glamorous, but with a 72 game season, any goalie is going to get a ton of work. Certainly, more than they’d get out in Europe where the seasons are shorter (52 games in Sweden and 60 games in Finland).

Again, just like with Dobson and the vets (that’s a good band name) both goalies are going to have play their A-game to impress management in order to get the better position.

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