A shot at a roster spot seems unlikely for Anatolii Golyshev. At the end of last season, Golyshev made the move from Russia to New York in order to suit up with the New York Islanders who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.
But since coming over Golyshev hasn’t been able to suit up for more than a few exhibition games. So you’d think it be hard for him to have an impact on the coaching staff.
Far from it. Recently, Barry Trotz has gone on record to speak highly of the Russian forward.
New York Islanders Barry Trotz speaks highly of Anatolii Golyshev
And look, Barry Trotz didn’t just say a few nice words about the forward. He went out of his way to say just how good of a player Golyshev is.
You can go to the 3:40 minute mark of the video if you want to hear what Barry has to say about Golyshev. Or you can listen to the full video to hear everything Barry has to say about his team going into the game (that was cancelled) against the New Jersey Devils.
This is perhaps my favorite part of what Barry said of the Isles Russian prospect:
"Goly has brought it from day one to now. Everyd ay you could say he’s the hardest working guy. The most detailed person I’ve ever had that doesn’t understand the language."
Golyshev won’t likely make the Islanders roster, but it’s clear that Barry Trotz is very impressed with what Goly is bringing to the team and how prepared he is in training camp. A few games in the AHL to get used to the North American game just a bit more could be all he needs to get a chance to jump up to the NHL.