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Who Will Be The Islanders' Sixth Defenseman Come Opening Night?

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Robin Salo

Robin Salo
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If Lamoriello decides to stay within the organization, it is most likely we will see Robin Salo paired up with Mayfield to round out the defense. Set to turn 24 on opening night, the former second-round pick is entering his second season in the NHL and may be poised to leave his mark on the coaching staff and implant himself in the everyday lineup.

Last season we saw Salo in and out of the lineup, unable to solidify himself as an everyday player. Former coach, Barry Trotz, typically preferred to go with a more veteran option than the young Finn. Appearing in only 21 games, Salo finnished the season with a single goal and added four assists.

Playing in the AHL with the Bridgeport Islanders, Salo had much more success and showed that there is potential in his game. In 40 games, Salo posted four goals and 16 assists.

While with the big club, you could see flashes of what made Salo a former second-round pick. He adds another dimension of offense and is a sound skater which the Islanders' blue line is severely lacking.

If Lamoriello ultimately decides that Salo is the best option for the Islanders' top-6, it is likely he will also look to sign a veteran depth defenseman to add to the group.

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