PRAISE FOR COLLITON, TAMBY AND COMEAU

Monday, 09.24.2007 / 4:05 PM ET / News
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PRAISE FOR COLLITON, TAMBY AND COMEAU

Ted Nolan speaks highly of Islanders prospects' play at Camp

 
Jeff Tambellini
YOUNG GUNS IMPRESS TEDDY


Of the 18 forwards remaining with the Islanders, Jeff Tambellini (23), Blake Comeau (21) and Jeremy Colliton (22) are the youngest. But the three Islanders young guns have had notable camps.

At this morning's skate, Ted Nolan talked about the three young Islanders, who have made it to the final 29.

"We all know what Tambellini can do," said Nolan. Now we want to see if he can do it on a regular basis. He has his speed and that's what we're looking for on this team.

"Comeau's had a great Camp. He is one of those guys, who I was impressed with when I first saw him. He's a highly intelligent player. He had a little bit more to go to find that second gear, but he seemed to have found it at Training Camp this year.

"For a guy who had major surgery in the off-season, Colliton's patience and maturity has really
Jeremy Colliton
improved this year. He's got another exhibition game to continue his growth.

"It's a great sign for the organization to have three young kids that are almost ready for primetime."



JOHNSON OPENS EYES

Another young player Ted spoke highly of this morning was defenseman Aaron Johnson, who is only 24. Islanders assistant coach Gerard Gallant coached Johnson when he was with Columbus last season and played a role in getting him to the Islanders.

"Aaron definitely still has a shot to make the team," said the Islanders' head coach. "He comes to the rink every day with a big smile on his face. He loves to play. The one thing I really like about Aaron is his enthusiastic approach to the game. He's still a young guy, so there's a lot of potential there."



FORWARD AND DEFENSE COMBINATIONS
Blake Comeau


The entire team participated in practice this morning. Below were the line combinations and defense pairings.

Forwards
Jon Sim – Mike Sillinger – Trent Hunter
Jeff Tambellini – Josef Vasicek – Miroslav Satan
Ruslan Fedotenko – Mike Comrie – Bill Guerin
Richard Park – Shawn Bates – Darryl Bootland
Chris Simon – Jeremy Colliton – Kip Brennan
Sean Bergenheim – Andy Hilbert – Blake Comeau

Defensemen
Chris Campoli - Bruno Gervais
Brendan Witt – Marc-Andre Bergeron
Bryan Berard – Freddy Meyer
Andy Sutton – Aaron Johnson
Radek Martinek

 

A NEW RIVALRY

Tonight will be the first Islanders-Rangers contest for some of the newest Islanders, including Aaron Johnson and Ruslan Fedotenko. Here was their take on the rivalry.

"I think rivalries like this are awesome," said Johnson. "It should be a fun game with a good atmosphere. I look forward to playing in all those games."

When asked what the key to stopping Jagr is, Johnson responded with a smile and said: "Let him do his thing, but then keep him to the outside. He's obviously really dangerous once he gets in close."

Added Tank: "I've always heard it's a really big rivalry. I guess I'll found out tonight. It should be exciting."



SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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