New York Islanders First Round of 2019 Training Camp Cuts Announced
With two days between preseason games, the New York Islanders have announced their first set of cuts to the roster with 12 names reassigned to the AHL or to their junior team.
We knew cuts were coming. Heck, we could even pencil in when they would take place. With a break between games on the New York Islanders preseason schedule, it was no surprise that cuts were announced by 9 AM on Thursday morning.
The training camp roster was cut from 64 players to 52. A total of 12 players were sent back to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers or back to their respective junior teams.
That leaves the Islanders with two groups of players for the remainder of camp.
No Big Suprise
Looking at the names cut there isn’t much of a surprise who isn’t at camp any longer.
Back to the AHL
Forwards: Steve Bernier, Ryan Bourque, Erik Brown, Colin McDonald, Justin Murray, Travis St.Denis
Defensemen: Ryan MacKinnon, Parker Wotherspoon, David Quenneville
Goalies: Jakub Skarek, Linus Soderstrom, Evan Buitenhuis
Back to Junior
Forwards: Felix Bibeau, Cole Coskey, Blade Jenkins, Brett Neumann, Reece Newkirk
Defensemen: Samuel Bolduc
None of the players in the first wave of cuts were expected to make the New York Islanders roster this season. All were expected to return to the AHL or back to their junior team.
Of the names listed second-round pick in 2019, Samuel Bolduc stood out the most. The 6’4″ 212 lbs defenseman for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL showed poise and maturity not often seen for an 18-year-old.
Going back to junior, Bolduc will look to have an even better year than the 37 points in 65 games he scored last season. Keep an eye on Bolduc this season. He’s still a few years away from the NHL, but it’s nice to know the Isles defensive depth chart might be growing rather than shrinking.
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Now training camp gets interesting with players like Oliver Wahlstrom, Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, and Noah Dobson still with the big club. Can they shine and take a spot or is back to the AHL or the junior ranks for them as well?