It's been just over a week since the Vegas Golden Knights hoisted Lord Stanley's Cup and were crowned champions of the NHL, and next season is already beginning to take shape for the NY Islanders. Earlier today, the Islanders' pre-season schedule was announced, as the Isles will face off against their regional rivals as they prepare for opening night.
Though it's just pre-season, it's exciting to see an official date for the team to return to action. With six games, the Isles will play at home and on the road against the NY Rangers, NJ Devils, and Philadelphia Flyers.
Here are the dates for each matchup as reported by Stefen Rosner of The Hockey News, with times to be announced at a later date:
With all six pre-season games being played in a ten-day span, we'll see plenty of split-squad action, possibly including some future Islanders to be announced in about one week at the 2023 NHL Draft.
Either Sept. 26 or 27, we'll likely get our first glimpse of Matthew Maggio. Considered one of the Islanders' top prospects, Maggio put together a phenomenal OHL season leading the league in points with 111, receiving the Red Tilson Trophy as the MVP.
After signing his entry-level contract in March, Islanders' top goaltending prospect Tristan Lennox should also be at camp, potentially seeing some time between the pipes on NHL ice. Standing 6'4", Lennox is as stable as they come in goal, as he's rarely flustered. Still a few years away from making an impact at the professional level, experience in an NHL uniform should do wonders for Lennox's confidence.
The NHL regular season schedule will be announced at some time next week, and though the pre-season is meaningless for most, it's a critical time for young prospects and players fighting for a job to make an impression.