It's official. The New York Islanders have recalled Robin Salo from his loan with the Bridgeport Islanders. We all speculated this was going to take place today after he wasn't on the B-Islanders roster on Wednesday, and, well, we were right.
So Salo, will make his NHL debut at the same time as the UBS arena. I say will for a reason. Usually, I'm cagey when it comes to predicting who's going to be in or out of the lineup because you never truly know, but it makes no sense to call up Salo and not play him.
New York Islanders call up Robin Salo
The New York Islanders called up Robin Salo (2017 second-round pick 46th overall) because they're going to play him. Its as simple as that really. The B-Islanders have games on the 20th and 21st and had one just the other night. Missing three games to sit in the press box, again, makes no sense.
Salo (who will wear Nick Leddy's old number 2) will step in to play bottom pair 5on5 minutes next to a veteran, probably Zdeno Chara (even if both are lefties). He'll also play on the power play, likely quarterbacking the second unit with Noah Dobson taking top power-play duties.
Salo has been ab effective player at the AHL level with eight points in 14 games for the Bridgeport Islanders. His skating and puck-moving abilities are exactly what the Islanders need and have needed for some time.
But they weren't about to call him up until he got some time to adjust (and perform) at the North American level. So an injury is the only way he was going to get a shot at the NHL.
At the AHL level Solo has easily been the Bridgeport Islanders top blueliner offensively while also being solid defensively in this short season.
Salo will have a few days to practice with the team before stepping into his first NHL game. An ideal way to bring in a young player who's about to take his first lap within the hockey top league in the world.