During Lou Lamoriello's press conference last week, the only player mentioned to be joining NY Islanders training camp on a PTO was Jackson Cates - but some additional names have popped up on the roster that may be unfamiliar to many.
The most recognizable name is Dmytro Timashov, who most recently played in the NHL with the Isles. The Ukrainian-born Timashov appeared in one game for the Isles on Jan. 31, 2021, seeing just 7:13 of ice time, finishing with a -2 rating. He agreed to re-sign with the Isles on a one-year deal the following season, but just a month later, Timashov and the Isles elected to terminate the forward's contract.
Timashov headed to Sweden soon after leaving Long Island, signing with Brynäs IF of the SHL. In 81 games across two seasons with Brynäs, Timashov tallied 51 points, with 18 goals and 33 assists.
There doesn't appear to be room for Timashov on the NHL roster, but he could indeed find a home in Bridgeport, keeping his NHL dream alive at 26.
An unfamiliar name to all during day one of training camp is Zsombor Garát. Garát is a 26-year-old defenseman from Hungary who has spent the past six years playing in his native country.
Last season, Garát appeared in 36 games with Budapest Jégkorong Akadémia HC, finishing second on the team with 25 points (5 goals,10 assists).
Continuing their search for depth at the AHL level, Samuel Asselin is another unfamiliar name at camp. Spending the last three seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL, Asselin is a 25-year-old forward capable of playing center and wing.
Asselin went undrafted after putting up 86 points in 68 games with the Halifax Mooseheads in 2018-19 before signing in Providence. His best AHL season came in 2021-22, scoring eight times and adding 22 assists.