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Islanders: 3 roster spots open for competition and who’s in the running

Robin Salo is interviewed after being selected 46th overall by the New York Islanders (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Robin Salo is interviewed after being selected 46th overall by the New York Islanders (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – MAY 18: Nick Leddy #2 of the New York Islanders makes a pass against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Two of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 18, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 2-1. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

What three positions are currently open for competition on the New York Islanders roster? And who’s in the running for one of those spots?

The offseason has just begun, but like every year, the immediate thought is on how the New York Islanders roster will look next year. It’s the singular thought that will consume fans all offseason long.

It’s with that thought in mind that I put together this piece. It’s not a look at the entire roster for next year like Arthur Staple did for The Athletic (subscription required) just recently. I thought I’d focus on the spots that will be open for competition next season.

As it stands right now, there are three spots open for competition when training camp opens in September. So what are those spots and who are some of the internal candidates open for those positions?

Of course, based on how the Seattle expansion draft goes and how free agency shapes up the Islanders might have another spot or two to fill. But I’m assuming a few things here:

  1. Nick Leddy is selected by Seattle and Lou finds a replacement in the UFA market.
  2. Isles retain the services of all three main RFAs (Beauvillier, Pelech, Sorokin) and a few secondary RFAs.
  3. Casey Cizikas also stays.
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