PROSPECT PERSPECTIVES

Notes and Quotes from Day 1 at the 2008 Islanders Prospects Camp

Monday, 07.14.2008 / 6:15 PM ET / News
By Jason Lockhart  - Website/Publications Coordinator
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PROSPECT PERSPECTIVES

Jack Hillen and Josh Bailey
On Monday afternoon, 45 Islanders prospects and camp invitees flocked to Islanders Iceworks for the annual Islanders Prospects Camp. Fans from across Long Island visited Syosset to see some of the Islanders'
brightest young stars, including Blake Comeau, Kyle Okposo and 2008 first round draft pick Josh Bailey.

In the morning, the players took part in some grueling testing to measure their level of fitness and sat in on a number of lectures, including one by mental conditioning coach Gary Parks.  Later in the day, the players took to the ice for the first time. Director of Player Development Bryan Trottier, Islanders assistant coaches John Chabot, Gerard Gallant and Dan Lacroix, as well as Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Jack Capuano led this afternoon's skate.

Here are some notes and quotes from Day 1 at the Prospects Camp.
  • Bryan Trottier, back for his third Prospects Camp, spoke about the purpose of the week-long mini-camp, "This camp is all about building relationships. For the new guys, it's a chance for them to get a taste of Long Island and see what the Islanders are all about. For players like Blake and Kyle, this is their chance to go out and be leaders.Players are eager to be here and look up to the veterans of these camps. They also have the chance to get a taste of the NHL and see that they can compete against these guys. It's a fun time for these kids that hopefully they'll remember. We want to show these kids the human side of us and be able to put a face to a name."
  • Islanders 2008 second-round draft pick Travis Hamonic is the youngest player at the mini-camp at 17 years, 10 months and 29 days. When asked what it felt to be the youngest at the camp, Hamonic replied, "I'm just excited to be here."                                            
  • Speaking of Hamonic, he and 2008 third-round draft pick David Toews grew up down the street from one another in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Toews also mentioned that he's been living this summer with brother and Chicago Blackhawk Jonathan.
  • Brian Day is back for his third camp, having spent his first season at Colgate University. He reports that he had a great first year there and really enjoyed the campus. He's excited about having a new rink by his senior year. Day and his Raiders knocked off fellow Islanders draft picks Shea Guthrie and Tyrell Mason's Clarkson Green Knights in the ECAC Playoffs. Mason says there are no hard feelings, and that he's looking forward to getting back out there against him next season.
  • Islanders 2007 draft pick and 2008 USHL Player of the Year Jason Gregoire tells Newyorkislanders.com that even though it's his second Prospects Camp, he's still feeling the jitters out there."I feel like this year's first day of camp was tougher than last year's," said Gregoire. "The fitness testing was more straining this year. But there is definitely a little bit more of a comfort level having been here last year."
  • Gregoire also noted that there are four Manitoba-natives at Mini-Camp this year - himself, Hamonic, Toews and Brett Skinner. Toews and Gregoire will both be attending the University of North Dakota next season. Another tandem who will be playing together at college in 2009-10 are Oklahoma-native and 2008 draft pick Matt Donovan and 2006 draft pick Rhett Rakhshani, who was unable to attend this year's Prospects Camp.
  • Mark Katic and Jason Pitton
    A few weeks ago, Newyorkislanders.com featured 2008 draft picks and Sarnia Sting (OHL) linemates Matt Martin and Justin DiBenedetto. Chalk the total of Sarnia players up to four. Islanders 2007 draft pick defenseman Mark Katic and camp invite and Long Island-native Vladimir Nikiforov. "You've got almost our entire power play unit here, minus Stamkos," noted Katic.
  • The 2008 Prospect Group is divided into two groups: Morrow and Trottier.

Trottier Group:

GOALIES
Jase Weslovsky (NYI 2006 Round 4)
Kevin Poulin (NYI 2008 Round 5)      

DEFENSE
Jamie Fraser (Signed as Free Agent)
Dustin Kohn (NYI 2005 Round 2)       
Tyrell Mason (NYI 2005 Round 6)       
Jyri Niemi (NYI 2008 Round 3)           
Shane Sims (NYI 2006 Round 5)      
Jared Spurgeron (NYI Round 158)    
Blake Kessel (NYI 2007 Round 6)
Brett Skinner (Signed as Free Agent)

FORWARDS
Sean Bentivoglio (2007 Free Agent)
Blake Comeau (NYI 2004 Round 2)
Justin DiBenedetto (2008 NYI Round 6)
Max Gratchev (NYI 2007 Round 4)        
Mike Haley (Signed as Free Agent)      
Tyler Haskins (DET 2004 Round 5)   
Rob Hennigar (Signed as Free Agent)
Jesse Joensuu (NYI 2006 Round 2)  
Matt Martin (NYI 2008 Round 5)         
Vladimir Nikiforov (Camp Invitee)
Joe Pereira (Camp Invitee)
Joel Rooney (Camp Invitee)          
Corey Trivino (NYI 2008 Round 2)
David Ullstrom (NYI 2008 Round 4)


Morrow Group:

GOALIES
Peter Mannino (2008 Free Agent)
Andrew Engelage (Camp Invitee)

DEFENSE
Matt Donovan (NYI 2008 Round 4)
Travis Hamonic (NYI 2008 Round 2)
Jack Hillen (Signed as Free Agent)
Simon Lacroix (NYI 2007 Round 7)
Andrew MacDonald (NYI 2006 Round 6)
Brad Nunn (Camp Invitee)
Mark Katic (NYI 2007 Round 3)

FORWARDS
Josh Bailey (NYI 2008 Round 1)
Matt Christie (Camp Invitee)
Brian Day (NYI 2006 Round 6)
Jason Gregoire (NYI 2007 Round 3)
Brian Gibbons (Camp Invitee)
Shea Guthrie (NYI 2005 Round 3)
Tomas Marcinko (NYI 2006 Round 4)
Kyle Okposo (NYI 2006 Round 1)
Anthony Perdicaro (Camp Invitee)
Jason Pitton (NYI 2004 Round 8)
Joel Rechlicz (Signed as Free Agent)
Doug Rogers (NYI 2006 Round 4)
Trevor Smith (Signed as Free Agent)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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