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Islanders Third Line Competition Is Still Going

By Matt O'Leary
EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK - JANUARY 04: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles practice during training camp at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park on January 04, 2021 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
EAST MEADOW, NEW YORK - JANUARY 04: Head coach Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders handles practice during training camp at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park on January 04, 2021 in East Meadow, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders have revealed absolutely nothing when it comes to the third line in practice today with the season set to begin.

We have no idea what the Islanders are going to do on the third line. At first, they played the youngsters, Kieffer Bellows and Oliver Wahlstrom together and then yesterday it appeared like it would be the vets.

The only thing we know is that JG Pageau is going to center the line, as for the wings we have no idea. Today at practice they played just about everyone on that line.

No seriously, check out Andrew Gross’ tweet. They had nine wingers cycling through with JG Pageau:

Close your eyes and point to two names and you probably have a better shot at guessing who is going to be on that line than us trying to use context clues to figure it out. To me, the left side all seem like darkhorse candidates.

Ross Johnston is most likely to be a healthy scratch, and as for Andrew Ladd he will likely serve on the taxi squad if I had to guess at this point. Theoretically, it could be Austin Czarnik but he too seems like a taxi squad guy.

Leo Komarov was just waived yesterday so it’s likely that he is on the taxi squad so if I had to throw an educated guess out there I would assume Dal Colle – Pageau – Bellows. Barry Trotz has talked up Bellows a lot so maybe he’s the youngster who cracks the roster.

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I figured we’d have a much clearer idea on what the third line would look like but at this point, we likely won’t know until puck drop tomorrow. I mean with Lou Lamoriello, I don’t know why I assumed it would be anything different.

UPDATE: Maybe this is a hint, but nothing is written in stone

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