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.