There's good news and there's better news with today's latest NY Islanders transactions. The good news is although he might not play tonight, Noah Dobson wasn't placed on injured reserve. The better news is that both Adam Pelech and Kyle Palmieri were activiated off the injured reserve and appear to be returning to the lineup tonight when the Isles take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.
Both Pelech and Palmieri appeared to be full participants at Monday's morning skate and neither were in no-contact sweaters. Further, both skaters were seen leaving the ice with the game group expected to take the ice tonight in Toronto.
The Islanders needed to make room on the roster for both Pelech and Palmieri to be activated and thus, Dennis Cholowski was returned to the AHL Bridgeport Islanders. The 24-year-old defenseman appeared in two games with the Islanders, didn't register a point, and went minus-1. Cholowski did, however, show some pretty good puck moving ability and offensive prowess. His faults in the defensive zone however, were surely present. In addition to Cholowski being reassigned, Hudson Fasching has landed on the injured reserve.
The Islanders get a some significant upgrades to their lineup with Pelech and Palmieri returning. The Islanders have struggled to keep pucks out of their own net which is where Pelech comes in and on the other end of the ice have struggled to fill the net, which is where Palmieri could be helpful.
Nothing has been made official yet as Lane Lambert has yet to reveal his lineup for Monday nights contest, but Elliotte Friedman attended morning skate and got an idea of who will be in and out of the lineup based on how early or not they left the ice.
“I was at the skate this morning," Friedman explaind. "Dobson left early and Palmieri skated for a while. You’ll be shocked to know that on a team run by Lou Lamoriello they weren’t very forthcoming about what this all means. Lane Lambert said there’s some things we have to see this afternoon so you’ll see tonight. I’m curious to see if there’s any chance Palmieri can play, he was off the ice with the rest of the regular skaters today, so we’ll see.”
If history tells us anything, the roster moves indicates they're both ready to go and it's safe to say we'll see them both in the lineup tonight.
Additionally, it appears rookie and AHL All-Star Samuel Bolduc will make his NHL debut.