No current NCAA players attending
For those excited to see Danny Nelson, the Islanders top draft pick in 2023, you'll have to make the trip to South Bend, Indiana, if you want to see him, as he's currently at Notre Dame preparing for his freshman season in the NCAA. Also absent from camp are 2023 sixth-round pick Zachary Schulz and 2022 third-round pick Quinn Finley, both attending the University of Wisconsin and Alex Jefferies, entering his fourth season at Merrimack College.
Maggio fighting for an opening night roster spot
Coming off a season where he was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy as the MVP of the OHL, 20-year-old Matthew Maggio has some expectations as he enters his second training camp.
Spending the summer improving his game, Maggio says he put on ten pounds during the summer to prepare for the rigors of professional hockey. He made his way to Long Island a week before camp started, living with Noah Dobson and skating and familiarizing himself with the team. But he's not just preparing for a season down in Bridgeport. His eyes are set on being on the ice during the Islanders season opener against the Buffalo Sabres on October 14.
"I’d be lying to you guys if I said I didn’t have my eyes on a roseter spot," said Maggio after day one. "Even if that doesn’t happen, that’s going to be OK - but I think I’m going to be here every day just trying to do as much as I can as a player to just push for a spot here. That's my goal here. Is to do everything to be on that opening night roster and even if that doesn’t happen, that's OK. I’m going to just put myself in a position to make an impression where I want them to make a tough choice."
Kuffeler present but not participating/Tikkanen joins camp
Selected in the sixth round in 2022, Daylan Kuefler is attending rookie camp but not participating as he rehabs an injury sustained in the WHL Playoffs with the Kamloops Blazers. Kuefler average over a point per game in his final WHL season, finishing with 61 points (31 goals, 30 assists) in 54 games.
Henrik Takkanen was a seventh-round pick of the Islanders in 2020 who signed with the Islanders before last season after not initially signing his ELC. Takkanen played last year with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL, posting a .914 Sv% while finishing with a 3.02 GAA. Takkanen stands 6'8" and brings the height of the modern goalie to a whole new level.