We made it. After an off-season that seemed to last forever, the NY Islanders and teams across the NHL are set to begin training camp this week.
With the rookies completing their physicals yesterday, they're set to hit the ice today for the start of rookie camp. It's been well documented by plenty of media outlets how the Islanders have one of the weakest prospect pools in the league, but that won't stop any of these young players from making the best of their opportunity.
Plenty of current Islanders weren't the top prospects in their respective draft classes, yet they have made a name for themselves at the junior level. Anders Lee (152nd overall) went from a sixth-round pick who was deciding between playing hockey and football to now being the captain of the Islanders and one of the top net-front presences in the league. Casey Cizikas (92nd overall) and JG Pageau (96th overall) were both mid-round selections who have made careers for themselves and are the base for the Islanders' depth at center.
There are plenty of prospects with the opportunity to make NHL careers for themselves despite their draft position. Here, we look at three to keep our eyes on as camp begins.