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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 9:00 PM ET
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The day before the players hit the ice on Day 2 of Isles Mini Camp, the players embarked on the annual fishing excursion aboard the James Joseph II in the waters of the Long Island Sound. While the fish weren’t biting as much as the players had hoped (only one “keeper” was caught amongst the group), there were plenty of highlights from the bonding experience.
  • Newly-signed Kirill Kabanov caught the only keeper of the day, despite the fact that he wouldn’t touch the fish saying, “Did you see its teeth? They’re big!”
  • Defenseman Matt Donovan struggled to land fish on his line, but did have a few catches. "if you include Brett (Gallant) and Nesser’s (Aaron Ness) fishing lines," Donovan had said.
  • Justin DiBenedetto, Calvin de Haan and Casey Cizikas battled amongst themselves to see who would reel in the most fish. DiBenedetto came away with four fish and was deemed the winner, despite accusations of cheating after pulling in a fish following the boat’s horn to lift the lines from the water. DiBenedetto’s reply? “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.”

Here are a few photos:

Islanders prospects pose for a picture aboard the James Joseph II as they fish on the Long Island Sound on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
Kirill Kabanov caught the only "keeper" when the Islanders prospects went fishing on the Long Island Sound on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.




















Islanders prospects fish on the Long Island Sound aboard the James Joseph II on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 11:20 AM ET

Fitness testing always stirs up a little friendly competition. Find out if Rhett Rakhshani or David Ullstrom takes the win in the triple jump.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 10:30 AM ET
These past few weeks have been somewhat of a whirlwind of events for Islanders first and second round 2011 Entry Draft selections Ryan Strome and Scott Mayfield. As could be expected from any player selected within the first two rounds, Strome and Mayfield have both experienced an increase in media attention as well as congratulatory phone calls from family and friends.

"It was pretty busy with all the phone calls and everything, but it’s kind of slowed down now," Mayfield said. "I just started getting ready for camp right away. I wanted to train and be ready for the ice part too."

Strome added, "It’s exciting and I wouldn’t want it any other way."

Both of the guys plan to take this week in stride. The coaches and management will be looking at them closely, but more importantly, this week is about becoming familiar with the organization, management, coaches and staff, as well as bonding with their fellow Islanders prospects.

"It’s great. I’ve been waiting for it since the draft," Strome said. "To come down here and get a taste of the future, hopefully, and meet some of the guys and all the staff is good. It’s been great so far. Everyone has been welcoming and I just can’t wait to get things started and get on the ice. It’s like a big family here."

Mayfield said, "I’m just trying to have a lot of fun with it. I think it’s a great experience. Not a lot of kids get to do it. It’s nice meeting all the guys in the organization. That’s what I want to take from it."

On Day One, the guys had their physicals and fitness testing before taking off for a deep sea fishing adventure. While fishing is sure to provide some fun memories, it's definitely not everyone's favorite day. Most of the guys, are looking forward to getting out on the ice and playing in the Blue vs. White scrimmage at the end of the week.

"I’m looking forward to the game," Mayfield said. "I think it would be cool to compare myself on the ice to some of these guys. I’ve played against some of them, but not all of them so I think it will be a lot of fun."
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 07.12.2011 / 7:15 AM ET
Day One is underway for the New York Islanders prospects and Mini-Camp invites. First up, is everyone's least favorite activity: physicals and fitness testing, followed by a brief photoshoot for each player's headshot.

Islanders Strength & Conditioning Coach Jesse Demers said that fitness testing is done by every team at the start of camp so that  management can asses the returning players improvement from the previous year, but also so that they can show each player their progress and areas that could still use improvement. For the new players, it allows management to see each player's fitness level as well as give them a reasonable goal for when they come back for Training Camp in September.

Demers noted, it also helps stir a little healthy competition amongst the players.

The tests each player will undergo include:
  • Body Fat, Height and Weight
  • Vertical jump (Power)
  • Triple long jump (Power and endurance)
  • Hexagon drill (Quickness)
  • Pull Up (Upper body and muscular endurance)
  • Medicine Ball Throw (Upper body power)
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