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2007 PROSPECT CAMP: Day 1 Notes & Quotes

Wednesday, 06.27.2007 / 10:32 PM / News
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2007 PROSPECT CAMP: Day 1 Notes & Quotes
Mark Katic
On Wednesday morning, 39 Islanders prospects and camp invitees flocked to Islanders Iceworks for the annual Islanders Prospect Camp. Islanders fans from across Long Island visited Syosset to see some of the Islanders' brightest young stars, including Jeff Tambellini, Blake Comeau and Kyle Okposo as well as some not-so-familiar faces like recent draft picks Mark Katic and Jason Gregoire.


Here are some notes and quotes from Day 1 at the Prospects Camp.

* Day 1's activities consisted of some off-ice testing, which at times was light, including the reach test, but also draining – the VO2 Max cardio test. The players hit the ice for about 45 minutes, participating in simple odd-man rushing drills. Bryan Trottier and Dan Lacroix were on the ice with the boys, getting a feel for the group.

"This camp isn't about improving players," said Trottier. "The focus is to give them a feel for the pace of an NHL practice. It was a pretty light day. We were just trying to get the rust off their skates and get the goalies a feel for the puck. This camp is important for the coaches to get a feel for the kids. It's nice to put a face to a name, but there's very little evaluation going on. It's more to familiarize us with our prospects. Expect tomorrow to be a little tougher with more off-ice training."


* Speaking of mock interviews, the Islanders Media Relations department in conjunction with Islanders TV organized a mock interview between Steve Mears and Jeff Tambellini. The interview was designed to help teach the young prospects the type of questions they might encounter with the media. Not surprisingly, Tamby earned an "A" for his answering skills.


* Looking for the next Alex Ovechkin-like tongue waggle? Look no further than 2006 fourth round pick Rhett Rakhshani. The bulked-up sophomore to be at Denver University was seen dangling his tongue almost every time he streaked down the wing.

 
* Besides Ted Nolan, there isn't an Islander more excited than Mike Mole about training camp being held up in Moncton this year.

"I have family near Yarmouth, which is where we were last year," said Mole. "Now we're in Moncton, where I have even more family. It's like the Islanders are personally catering to me."

 
* This was the first Islanders Prospect Camp for strength and conditioning coach Graham Black, who was hired just after last year's Mini-camp.

"We're not looking to find the players in the best shape," said Black. "We're just looking to see where they are now compared to where they will be at training camp. It's just a base line."

 
* The entire 2007 Islanders draft class is at the Mini-camp: Mark Katic (3rd round), Jason Gregoire (3rd round), Max Gratchev (4th round), Blake Kessel (6th round) and Simon Lacroix. (7th round).

 
* The debate is finally over: Jason Gregoire's last name is pronounced greg-WAHR, like in "armoire."

 Click HERE for ISLANDERS MINI CAMP 2007 - Day I

The prospects will be back on the ice Thursday at 11:15 am.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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