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No Time To Waste

Training camp begins with six days for Islanders to prepare for season-opener

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 7:56 PM / News
By Travis Betts
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No Time To Waste
Training camp begins with six days for Islanders to prepare for season-opener
Defenseman Griffin Reinhart left his junior club, the WHL's Edmonton Oil Kings, to participate in his first NHL Training Camp (Photo: New York Islanders)


The Islanders officially hit the ice for the first time Sunday in conjunction with the opening of 2012-13 Training Camp. Fifteen forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders comprise the camp roster, which will need to be trimmed to 23 players by Saturday’s season opener against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.

With only six days to implement his system and set a lineup, Head Coach Jack Capuano knows the challenge in front of him will require a lot of quick decision making.

“It’s our job to make sure that we team-build and get the players together as quickly as we can,” Capuano said. “Our plans are laid out, but it’s definitely a quick window for us to get ready before opening night on the 19th.”

Just before camp opened with early-morning physical exams, the Islanders added eight players – six from AHL Bridgeport and two from junior leagues – to their roster. The players from Bridgeport include forwards Casey Cizikas, Colin McDonald and David Ullstrom and defensemen Travis Hamonic, Jon Landry and Ty Wishart. Landry is the only player from that group without NHL experience, but the 29-year-old blueliner leads Sound Tigers defensemen in goals (6), assists (14) and points (20), while also filling an alternate captain role on the squad.

In describing the morning’s transactions, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow noted that each prospect should be in mid-season form.

“They’re game-tested and they’ve been through a training camp,” Snow said. “They’ve played a few months at a higher level so hopefully we don’t have to worry about the minor groin strains or the hip flexors. They’ve played together for parts of the season, not the entire season, but it’s good to have guys that are up to speed physically.”

Also added to the roster were Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart, the Islanders two most recent first round draft picks, both recalled from their Canadian junior clubs. Strome skated informally with several Islanders Friday at Iceworks, while Reinhart flew to New York Saturday following a game with the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night.

“It’s really cool to be here,” Reinhart, who was selected fourth overall in the 2012 Draft, said. “You could definitely tell it’s a faster pace. I’ve been really looking forward to this day. It came a little later than expected but I’m excited to be here. It’s my first time in an NHL training camp so the first couple days will be about getting my feet under the water and just getting used to everything.”

Defenseman Radek Martinek was at Iceworks as well. The 10-year NHL veteran was signed to a one-year contract Sunday and will compete for a top-6 role on the blue line this season. Islanders captain Mark Streit said that Martinek, who has been skating informally at Iceworks since Monday, could bring a lot to the table for a team returning three defensemen from last season’s roster.

“It’s great having him here,” Streit said. “He’s such a great skater, he moves well, he’s great defensively and he’s got a lot of skill. I think he’s underrated. He’s got some offense in him and he’s strong defensively. I’m glad we signed him and he’s going to take a big part in our defense.”

The Islanders practice every day this week in preparation for Saturday’s opener. Tuesday’s practice (11 a.m.), Wednesday’s Blue & White Scrimmage (7 p.m.) and Thursday’s practice (10 a.m.) all are at Nassau Coliseum, and will be open to the general public.

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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