Wednesday, 09.21.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
New York Islanders
Islanders vs Flyers game will also include prospects Comeau and Colliton

When the Islanders face the Flyers tonight in a pre-season game in Trenton, it will mark the Islander debuts of 2005 top draft picks Ryan O'Marra (first round) and Dustin Kohn (second).

"I've been looking forward to this since the day the Islanders drafted me," said O'Marra. "The scrimmages are great, but it's nothing like wearing the Islanders uniform against another NHL team. I'm sure it's going to be an experience I will never forget."

Several players will be appearing in their first pre-season game of 2005, after the Islanders beat the Rangers last night, 5-1, before a wildly enthusiastic crowd of more than 12,000 fans. Besides O'Marra and Kohn, they are: defensemen Joel Bouchard, Tomi Pettinen and Radek Martinek; and forwards Wyatt Smith, Travis Brigley, Kevin Colley, 2004 second round pick Blake Comeau and 2003 second round pick Jeremy Colliton.

"This will be a good opportunity to take a look at a lot of players competing for spots this season, along with kids that we expect will have an impact soon down the road," said Islanders head coach Steve Stirling.

It is expected the Flyers will have in the lineup such notables as Mike Rathje, Joni Pitkanen, Simon Gagne, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Antero Niittymaki and Jamie Storr will be the goaltenders.

30 Garth Snow G
39 Rick DiPietro G
3 Brent Sopel D
4 Joel Bouchard D
7 Trent Hunter RW
8 Tomi Pettinen D
11 Mattias Weinhandl RW
16 Mike York C
24 Radek Martinek D
25 Brad Lukowich D
28 Wyatt Smith C
29 Petteri Nokelainen RW
33 Travis Brigley LW
47 Justin Papineau C
55 Jason Blake LW
56 Dustin Kohn D
57 Blake Comeau LW
62 Kevin Colley RW
66 Jeremy Colliton C
67 Ryan O'Marra C




K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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