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The New York Islanders 2013 prospect mini camp opens up later today at The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (click here for a full roster listing.) The mini camp will be three days long, culminating in the annual "blue vs. orange" scrimmage and skills competition on Thursday, July 11, at 7PM. The "blue vs. orange" scrimmage is open to the public at the Coliseum, with tickets being sold at $10.
The roster for the mini camp is headlined by top prospects Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, Griffin Reinhart, Adam Pelech, and Scott Mayfield. The roster also includes 2013 draftees Ryan Pulock, Victor Crus-Ryberg, Taylor Cammarata, Kyle Burroughs, and Eamon McAdam.
It should be a fun week, as all of us Isles fans dying for some hockey have an opportunity to get out to the Coliseum Thursday night to watch the prospects battle it out in the blue vs. orange scrimmage. It will also be interesting to get a first look at some of the new prospects just drafted this year such as Pulock and Crus-Ryberg, as they look to make a first impression on the coaching staff.
This is a big week for guys like Brock Nelson and Ryan Strome as well. Strome and Nelson are looking to stand out as they will go into training camp in September fighting for what will likely be only one forward spot on the opening night roster. A strong showing this week for either Strome or Nelson could give one a leg up on the other for the beginning of training camp in September.
I will be out at the Coliseum for the scrimmage game Thursday, and will do some tweeting as the game goes on. I'll also have a recap of the scrimmage up late Thursday night or Friday morning.
Are you guys excited for prospect camp? Who are you most excited to see? Anyone else going to be out at the Coliseum Thursday night?
Also, some other minor Isles news, yesterday the team re-signed goalie Kevin Poulin to a one year, two-way contract. The two-way deal does not mean Poulin can be sent to Bridgeport, he still has to clear waivers for the Isles to send him down. Poulin, likely will be the backup goalie going into opening night.
This is a big year for Poulin. On a one year deal, it is time for him to show what he has at the NHL level. I know many fans are down on him now, but I believe he will be a more than capable backup goalie to Evgeni Nabokov. Have some faith in Poulin!
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